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:
- provide direction and leadership - setting the public body's strategy and agreeing business plans to deliver that strategy;
- hold senior staff and managers to account on how the body is managed, how business plans are delivered and how the budget is spent;
- attend Board meetings on a regular basis, being well prepared by reading relevant papers in advance;
- represent the work of the organisation to key stakeholders and the wider public;
- work with partner organisations.
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:
- provide your expertise and influence decisions that affect people's lives;
- give something back to society;
- allow a return to the workplace after a career break;
- develop your career and boost your skills set.
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.