The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) is one of seven statutory Regional Transport Partnerships established under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 to take a regional approach to transport planning and delivery.
SEStran encompasses eight local authorities: City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.
Within the partnership area there is a huge diversity of transportation issues, from urban congestion to rural public transport and from ferry ports to airports. SEStran aims to address these issues and work towards a more sustainable and efficient transport network.
The Partnership’s principal duty and responsibility is developing and overseeing the delivery of a statutory Regional Transport Strategy, which sets out a vision, objectives and proposed actions for how transport will support and promote economic prosperity; connect communities and reduce social exclusion; and improve environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing. SEStran is also a statutory Community Planning agency and active partner in the Community Planning Partnerships which cover our constituent Council areas and is a statutory Key Agency in the Development Planning process working closely with the Development Planning Authorities covering the region.
The Partnership Board consists of 20 Councillor members, who are nominated by our constituent Councils and 9 Non-Councillor members. There are currently 5 vacancies for Non-Councillor Board members and applications are invited from all interested individuals who have the necessary flair, experience and ability to help guide and shape the future development of transport strategy and delivery at a regional level. Applicants are expected to have operational expertise and/or knowledge of working at Board or strategic level in the business, public or voluntary sectors. Knowledge of transport issues and financial awareness are also desirable.
In addition to the Partnership Board, SEStran also have 2 sub-committees: The Performance and Audit Committee and the Succession Planning Committee and there may be the opportunity to be involved in these.
As a listed public authority, with general and specific duties under the Equality Act 2010, SEStran is committed to promoting equal opportunities, greater diversity and gender representation in the membership of Public Boards. Accordingly, we would welcome applications from sections of the community under-represented on the Board including from women, disabled people, young people and minority ethnic candidates.
Board membership is not paid but certain expenses are met. The successful candidate will be expected to attend up to 6 meetings a year, with appointment for a fixed term of four years.
More information on SEStran can be obtained at www.sestran.gov.uk or for an informal discussion contact Jim Grieve, Partnership Director, SEStran on 07734 954427.