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About Public Appointments

A public appointment is your opportunity to get involved with a public body. Joining as either a member or a chair, it’s a chance for our communities to feel partnered with organisations, making Scotland’s public services better for everyone.

As part of the board you will offer leadership, direction and guidance to the organisation. Although you won’t be involved in the day-to-day running of the public body, it is an incredible opportunity to lend your voice and opinion to subjects that matter to you, whilst gaining knowledge and experience in how the organisation works.

You’ll take part in discussions, review paperwork, work with partner organisations and oversee the preparation, approval and implementation of corporate plans. It’s a place for you to have a say and express your ideas, ensuring the organisations delivers on its corporate objectives and runs efficiently.

The actual time commitment is usually only a few days a month (though some posts will have greater demands). Appointments range from a few days a year to a more substantial commitment. Most involve attending board meetings - for which some preparation is needed - and some posts involve other duties as well.  Most public appointments will actually only be expected to attend board meetings for a day or two a month.

Many public appointments are made under a system regulated and monitored by the Commissioner for  Ethical Standard in Public Life in Scotland. It's the Commissioner's role to ensure that appointments are made fairly and openly and are based on how well people match the skills needed for the role.