Step Forward to Diversify Scotland's Public Boards!

Monday 08-05-2017 - 21:49

Have you enjoyed engaging in questions of strategy and governance during your sabbatical year? Now you’ve led a students’ association, could you help shape other publicly funded bodies in Scotland?

If you’ve been a student member of your college or university board, you’ll know that boards don’t tend to be the most diverse group! Unfortunately this is true across the public sector. Decisions about health, justice, education, enterprise and the environment are overwhelmingly taken by older white men.

The Scottish Government wants to change this, and YOU are in a perfect position to take up board positions, helping to diversify boards, and helping make sure that their decisions benefit the entire spectrum of society.It’s in everyone’s interest for the boards to be effective and that in turn relies on the people that Ministers appoint to serve on them having the right attributes and perspectives. Could it be you?

You're invited to an introductory workshop thatwill help you to:

  • learn about the board “landscape” and why you might be interested in a public appointment
  • hear about the regulated recruitment process and what it’s like to be on a board from a recently appointed member
  • find out what different blends of skills, knowledge, personal qualities and experience boards are looking for and
  • explore what you have to offer and how to present it.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50. You might not have thought public appointments are for ‘people like me’ – but your experience and perspective could be invaluable to a variety of organisations.Come along and find out more!

Date: Friday 9th June
Venue: Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
Time: 09:30 for a 10:00 start, finishing by 15:30

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.The venue is wheelchair accessible. Fifteen places are available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.To register contact


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