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The search is on for a new VisitScotland Chair

Thu 5 Nov 15

The search is on for a new Chair to lead the board at VisitScotland – Scotland's tourism organisation.

The position is being advertised from today by the Scottish Government with an appointment planned for spring 2016.

The role of the Chair is to drive the strategic direction of VisitScotland, develop collaboration with key stakeholders, represent Scotland on the global stage and provide advice and guidance to Scottish ministers on tourism issues.

Skills including leadership, networking, corporate governance and communication are being sought, along with an understanding of the tourism sector.

Scottish tourism creates jobs, sustains communities and provides an international shop window for Scotland. Latest figures show that visitor expenditure in 2014 was around £10billion with the wider visitor economy worth more than £12billion. Around 200,000 people are employed in the industry – across every corner of Scotland.

The Chair will lead a board of eight people and the appointment is due to start from April 1 2016 for three years.

Current Chairman Mike Cantlay, who will step down from the post on 31 March 2016 after 6 years, said:
"It is with a heavy heart that you leave an organisation that you feel passionately for, but at the same time it is a fantastic job. We are looking for someone with real vision, expertise and enthusiasm to drive Scottish tourism forward in what is a challenging and competitive marketplace.

"It is has been five years of incredible moments for me, from welcoming the world to Scotland in 2014, with a line-up of unprecedented world class events, to working with Disney to achieve worldwide animated history with Brave. The person chosen to take over my position as Chair of VisitScotland will be one of the luckiest around – as this really is the best job in the world."

Applications close on 24 November 2015. For more information, visit

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