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About Public Appointments

A public appointment is your opportunity to get involved with a public body. Joining as either a Board member or a Board Chair, it is 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 will not 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.

As part of the role you will take part in discussions, review paperwork, work with partner organisations, overseeing the preparation, approval and implementation of corporate plans. It is a place for you to have a say and express your ideas, ensuring the organisation 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. The majority involve attending Board meetings - for which some preparation is needed, whilst some posts may involve other duties as well. For most public appointments there will only be an expectation to attend Board meetings for a day or two each month.

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