Chief Executive

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25 February 2021
Scottish Prison Service
Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £95,930- £103,495
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Scottish Prison Service 

Scottish Government


£95,930- £103,495

Applications are now open for the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service who will also be a Director within the Scottish Government and a senior member of the Education, Communities and Justice Management Team.

The Chief Executive post is a significant, and highly visible role, with regular Ministerial contact and a high external profile.  The post holder is a member of the Justice Board and is therefore a key player in the leadership of the Justice System in Scotland.

The Chief Executive establishes the strategic direction of the SPS in conjunction with the Scottish Government; ensures public accountability, assures probity and integrity, allocates resources, monitors performance, reviews and manages risk and develops capability and performance.

This is a unique senior civil service role will lead a high profile public service in Scotlands justice system and will be responsible for the management 15 prisons, a range of private sector contracts and the safety and well-being of 7500 people in custody and 4500 staff.

For more information on the role and details of how to apply please go to: Alternatively, please contact Elizabeth Michelakakis on

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 25 January. 

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.