Is the future of Gaelic important to you?


Bòrd na Gàidhlig, 

Appointment of Board Members


Is the future of Gaelic important to you? If so, Bòrd na Gàidhlig is looking for 3 new board members.

The work to secure Gaelic’s future is challenging, but there are also many rewards and opportunities to make progress. If you are passionate about Gaelic you should consider getting involved at a time when the Board will be embarking on the development and delivery of a new National Gaelic Language Plan; a Lifelong Learning approach to language acquisition; Guidance for the Education (Scotland) Act 2016; and, new development initiatives for families, young people, communities and the arts.

Tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba air sanas fhoillseachadh agus iad a’ sireadh Bhall ùra airson Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Gheibh sibh an sanas agus litir le tuilleadh fiosrachaidh an cois seo.

More details from the advert below:


This is a time of very positive developments for the Gaelic language, alongside some significant challenges. The 2011 census showed that the long-standing decline of numbers of people speaking Gaelic had largely stabilised, with an increase in numbers speaking, reading and writing the language between the ages of 3-19.  We have also seen a very significant increase in the number of children entering Gaelic Medium Education. At the same time, setting the Gaelic language on a long-term course of increasing numbers remains of critical importance.

Scottish Ministers have clear ambitions for Gaelic in Scotland, and there are equally high expectations from the Gaelic community. This is an important time for Bòrd na Gàidhlig as an organisation, as it prepares and then takes forward the development and implementation of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023. In addition to this, the Bòrd will focus attention in a number of areas including; a Lifelong Learning approach to language acquisition; Guidance for the Education (Scotland) Act 2016; and, new development initiatives for families, young people and communities.

In line with this, Scottish Ministers seek to appoint up to 3 new members to the Bòrd.


Purpose and functions of Bòrd na Gàidhlig


Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the national language body for Gaelic. It is a statutory Non Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and is responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland. Under the Gaelic Act, Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s key functions are to:

  • Promote the use and understanding of Gaelic language, education and culture;
  • Be the principal, authoritative and objective advisor to Scottish Ministers on Gaelic language, education and culture ; and,
  • Advise public bodies, and those responsible for delivering public services, on how Gaelic language, education and culture should be considered and integrated in public service delivery
    • increasing awareness of and promoting the use of the Gaelic language;
    • working with key Gaelic groups and public sector bodies to promote the use of the Gaelic language, and identifying new opportunities for working in partnership with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors as appropriate;
    • assisting in defining and developing the Bòrd’s strategic direction, setting challenging objectives and monitoring progress towards them;
    • taking proper account of guidance provided by Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Government;
    • contributing to the work of one or more of the Bòrd’s committees (Governance and Risk, Education, Policy and Delivery and Colmcille (promoting language links between Irish and Gaelic);
    • contributing to the implementation of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and the National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-2017;

The key responsibilities for members are as follows:

The appointment is part-time and members are expected to give a minimum time commitment of 36 days per year (approximately 3 days per month) to Bòrd business. Please ensure you will be able to fulfil the time commitment before applying. Bòrd meetings are held across the country including at the Bòrd’s Headquarters in Inverness. There are 6 annual Bòrd meetings but some travel to other events and meetings (including committee meetings) will be necessary. Video and telephone facilities can occasionally be made available. Your first Bòrd meeting will be held on21/22 June 2017.


The term of appointment will be expected to be not less than 3 years with the possibility of re-appointment subject meeting the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment. Current remuneration is £6,388 per annum and is subject to annual review. Travel and subsistence costs directly associated with the work of the Bòrd and reasonable dependent carer allowance will be reimbursed. The appointment is non-pensionable.


The closing date for applications is Friday 16th December 2016.

An application pack and full details on this, and other public appointments, can be downloaded at:

Alternatively, an application pack can be obtained by email, post, telephone and fax using the details below. You should provide your name, address and the appointment that you are interested in.

Application packs are available in both Gaelic and English and are available to download, or on request.  

Email:  application requests and returns should be e-mailed to:

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Postal:            Scottish Government,

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Freephone:  0800 015 8449

Fax: 0131 244 3833

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