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S5W-11878: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what role the chair of the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills will have in education policy and governance.

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

Through development of a strategic plan and a common performance framework which will stem from this plan, the Strategic Board will drive a coherent strategic direction for each of these agencies.

The Board will also engage more widely with organisations that contribute towards the aims of raising productivity and inclusive growth, including local authorities, where appropriate.