SSEN Transmission Community Fund Panel Chair

SSE plc

Location: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeenshire, Angus Council, Angus Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Dundee City Council, Edinburgh, Highland Council, Highland Council, Highland Council, Highland Council, Highland Council, Highland Council, Moray, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Shetland Islands, Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire Council

Job Type: Contract/temp


Following an extensive stakeholder consultation exercise in 2023, this year SSEN Transmission will launch its first Community Benefit Fund with the aim of bringing positive benefits and a long-lasting legacy to communities across the north of Scotland. The Community Benefit Fund will allow a share of the benefits to go directly to those communities hosting this new infrastructure.

Given the huge amount of investment planned as part of the Pathway to 2030 network improvements, it is expected that community benefits funds associated with new planned infrastructure will be in excess of £100m; this is subject to the final UK Government guidance and approval from our industry regulator Ofgem.

SSEN Transmission will operate two funds:

  • A regional fund which will be open to community organisations, not-for-profit and charities operating within its licence area across the north of Scotland and the Scottish Islands; and
  • Local funds which will benefit communities which host new transmission infrastructure.

We are currently developing the processes and criteria for the new funds but we expect that priority will be given to those projects that deliver on our identified themes of:

  • People - focusing on skills, training and employability
  • Place - emphasising the community and culture of the north of Scotland, and
  • Reducing fuel poverty levels (an additional theme following public consultation)

The Opportunity

We are looking to appoint a Chair to join a strategic decision-making panel for the SSEN Transmission Regional Fund. The Panel will be formed of the following members:

  • Chair of the Panel
  • Three other independent advisors, who are leading experts in diverse fields reflecting the core themes of the Fund
  • A representative from SSEN Transmission

The Chair will be responsible for leading the Panel, ensuring timely and effectively managed meetings with robust assessments of applications. With full assistance from the Community Investment team, they will be responsible for ensuring that concise minutes are made at all meetings with clear analysis and recommendations outlined. They will work closely with SSEN Transmission and the Community Investment Team as needed, ensuring that fair and transparent processes remain a priority.

Applicant Criteria

We are keen to encourage applicants who:

  • Have experience of working in a senior or strategic capacity
  • Have a background or experience that is relevant to any specialist topics or specific areas of focus listed above
  • Have experience of managing a diverse range of expertise and personalities.
  • Are strategic thinkers with the ability to support the Fund’s development and delivery of its commitment to social impact
  • Take a collaborative approach to working with others
  • Are comfortable being challenged and to challenge in a constructive manner
  • Demonstrate outstanding networking and influencing skills

Commitments and Considerations

The SSEN Transmission Regional Panel will meet approximately twice a year (both virtually and in-person), corresponding with two funding rounds per year. The Chair will need to allow up to four to five days per meeting (a total of up to 10 days per year), to include an estimated one-day pre-Panel meetings with the Community Investment Lead, one to two days reading panel papers and preparations to chair meetings and remaining time for chairing and any post-meeting actions. The standard length of term for the Chair is 3 years, up to a maximum of 6 years. The remuneration for this post will be £6,000 per annum.

About our Business

At SSEN Transmission we take immense pride in owning and operating the high-voltage electricity transmission network across the north of Scotland. We transport energy from where it is generated to wherever it is needed, ensuring a safe and reliable electricity supply for the communities we serve. But that’s not all – we’re committed to upgrading the grid to deliver cleaner, homegrown energy for the future. By developing, building and maintaining a network for net zero, we’re creating secure power for generations to come.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Gemma Bell on / 01738 341043.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.


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