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. The time commitment for the role will be outlined in the person specification within the application pack.
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.
Some public appointments are paid, whilst others are not. This depends on the public body. Details of the post will include information on any remuneration offered.
Being on a Board allows the opportunity to:
- give something back and contribute your expertise to help the community and influence decisions that affect everyone’s lives;
- return from a career break;
- meet people from all walks of life who also want to make a difference;
- develop your career, gain Board experience and boost your skills.