Scottish Ministers are seeking to appoint a new Cathraiche (Chair) to the statutory Gaelic Language Body, Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig is a Non Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, and is responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland, for promoting the use and understanding of the Gaelic language and for developing and supporting Gaelic education and culture.
Scottish Ministers have clear ambitions for Gaelic in Scotland, and there are equally high expectations from the Gaelic community.
The new Cathraiche of Bòrd na Gàidhlig will lead and direct the overall strategic direction of Bòrd na Gàidhlig in its statutory duties relating to the National Gaelic Language Plan published in the summer, prioritising pre-school and school education alongside community action to increase the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland over the next 5 years.
Minister for Skills and Learning, Science and Scotland’s languages, Dr Alasdair Allan said: “We need a strong voice for Gaelic in Scotland, someone who can promote its use and inclusion in daily life, but also someone who understands the unique issues and challenges that the language faces.
“I am confident that the next Cathraiche is out there and I hope to see a number of excellent candidates come forward”
Bòrd na Gàidhlig Interim-chair Elizabeth McAtear, commented: “I have been very privileged to fulfil the role of Cathraiche in an interim capacity over the last months but can confirm that I will not be seeking appointment to the permanent position.
“These are challenging times but I believe that Gaelic has much to offer in terms of its benefits to Scotland’s economy, particularly in fragile areas, through sustainable employment opportunities.
“The work to secure Gaelic’s future is challenging but there are also many rewards with opportunities to make progress. I would encourage people to apply for Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and to get involved at a time when we have embarked on the delivery of a new National Gaelic Language Plan.
“My current colleagues on the Bòrd and I all look forward to working with and supporting a new Cathraiche in the new year.”