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S5W-11877: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the terms of reference are for the role of the chair of the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills.

Answered by: Keith Brown 24 October 2017

On 31 August the First Minister announced that Nora Senior has been appointed Chair of the new Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board. Ms Senior is Chair, UK Regions & Ireland, of global PR firm Weber Shandwick.

The Strategic Board is expected to meet for the first time in November, after which an agreed terms of reference for the Board, including the Chair, will be published.

The Board will align the activities of Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies – Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council – behind a Strategic Plan. The new enterprise agency being established for the South of Scotland will also fall within the scope of the Board.

The Board will also develop an agreed common performance framework stemming from the strategic plan, and will aim to maximise the effect of Scotland’s investment in enterprise and skills, ensuring a simpler and more coherent system of support that will contribute towards Scotland’s economic ambitions.