• 22 Nov 2023
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Shaping Scotland's future as a non-executive director

Learn more about the role and have a chance to pose questions in an online session

Could you be one of two new Scottish Government NXDs?

The Scottish Government is looking for two new non-executive directors (NXDs) to help it engage with a range of contemporary issues affecting Scotland and to assist with delivering on its three core goals of equality, opportunity and community. In partnership the Scottish Government, IoD Scotland will be hosting an online event to share an outline of what such a role involves, followed by a live Q&A session.

NXDs will need to be comfortable with challenging a Permanent Secretary while also themselves being challenged: working with integrity and drawing upon their unique experience and insight to help promote good governance and improvements across the complex system of Scottish Government.

If the opportunity to learn more about this role and put your questions directly to government representatives interests you, please join us online at 6pm on Wednesday 22 November. You can find out more about the role before then by visiting this web page.


David Martin

David Martin has served as a chief executive for two local authorities in Scotland and has a wide experience of working at the most senior levels in government, corporate and voluntary sectors in Scotland, the UK and Europe. Recently retired, in his last role as Chief Executive at Dundee City Council he drove transformational change for a post-industrial city, working with private, public and third-sector partners to deliver change at a system-wide level.

David has extensive experience of delivering major projects in city, rural and island environments, as well as a strong personal commitment to equality, rights and values-based leadership. He has been a board director and trustee with organisations including SOLACE Scotland and the V&A Dundee, applying and building on his skills in corporate governance, regeneration and socio-economic renewal, public protection, adult and children’s services, environmental services and infrastructure development.

Neil Wooding

Dr Neil Rhys Wooding CCIPD CBE has spent his career working within public service. His last role was as the Executive Director of Workforce Reform for the Cabinet Office. Prior to this, he was the Chief People Officer at the Ministry of Justice, responsible for prison, probation and court services across England and Wales.

During his career, he has worked across the spectrum of public services and also in voluntary roles since the age of 17. He is currently Chair of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Neil is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and was awarded a CBE in the 2022 New Year's Honours list for his outstanding work in the field of Equality and Social Justice.

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