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Structure & governance

Crown Estate Scotland operates under a Framework Document drawn up by the Scottish Government. This covers: 

  • Functions, duties and powers 

  • Aims, objectives and targets 

  • Responsibilities and accountability 

  • Plans, budgets and controls 

  • External accountability arrangements 

  • Staff management arrangements 

  • Certain aspects of our financial framework 

Scottish Ministers appoint our Chair and our Board. The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland regulates their appointment. The Chair has three-year terms with a maximum of six years, and Board members have between two and four year terms, with a maximum of eight years. 

Our Chief Executive is accountable to the Chair and Board, with an annual salary between £105,000 and £110,000. 

As part of our commitment to openness and transparency, we publish all papers and minutes of Board meetings except when there is a clear statutory / legal reason to not publish. This is usually when the information is commercially / personally sensitive, or it relates to the formulation of government policy.  

We periodically review our decisions to withhold publication of papers. This means that some papers that are initially withheld may be published at a later date when they are no longer sensitive. 

Published papers can be found in the Downloads section.

Find out more

For further information, please contact Helen Howden, Governance Manager: helen.howden@crownestatescotland.com / 0131 260 6070