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What being on a Board involves

What you are asked to do as a Board member or Chair on the Board will depend on the public body. You will be expected to take part in Board discussions and decision making and share responsibility for those decisions.

Public appointments are normally part-time, requiring a commitment of between one to three days per month, though some role may involve a greater time commitment. 

You may also be asked to:

Board members do not become involved in the day-to-day running of the public body. This is the role of the chief executive and senior management team. For more information about being a Board member, see 'On Board - A guide for members of statutory Boards'

A public appointment could give you a chance to: 

Some public appointments are paid, whilst others are not. This depends on the public body. Details of the appointment will include information on any remuneration offered.

In many cases, you can claim back reasonable expenses, such as the costs of the support you need to carry out your duties effectively.