Vacancy at Boundary Commission for Scotland - applications closing 5th October 2020

The position of Member will become vacant at the Boundary Commission for Scotland on 1 January 2021, for a tenure of four years.


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Vacancy Description

The position of Member will become vacant at the Boundary Commission for Scotland on 1 January 2021, for a tenure of four years.

The Boundary Commission for Scotland is an independent, non-political body responsible for reviews of UK Parliament constituencies in Scotland. This is an outstanding opportunity to be a member of a high profile commission that plays an important role in shaping electoral boundaries in Scotland.

Members work in an independent and politically neutral manner, utilising excellent communication and analytical skills and knowledge of Scotland’s characteristics and structures to deliver reviews of UK Parliament constituencies.

Person Specification

Candidates must:

  • be able to assimilate and interpret large amounts of evidence, including map-based and numerical information, and reach reasoned and practicable conclusions
  • demonstrate knowledge of political and public life of Scotland, and its government, parliamentary and electoral structures
  • be able to think strategically, to communicate and to work successfully in a small team
  • demonstrate knowledge of Scotland’s geography, demography and socio-economic characteristics
  • demonstrate political neutrality while being aware of political sensitivities and stances

How to Apply

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

All applications received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Assessment Panel that will include an independent member. The Panel will in due course make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Scotland who may wish to meet those candidates before deciding whom to appoint.

Application packs can also be obtained by emailing or by telephoning 0207 270 6705.

Applications should be sent by email to

Alternatively you may send by post to: BCS Appointment, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Dover House, Whitehall, SW1A 2AU.

The closing date for applications is Monday 5th October 2020 at 9:00am. Application forms received after this date will not be considered.

Interviews will take place in Edinburgh or remotely, in November 2020.

Please enclose with your application:

  • a completed application form
  • a completed Diversity Monitoring Form
  • a full CV including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities
Published 4 September 2020