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Public appointments

Each of Scotland's public bodies typically has a board made up of individual members and a chair who leads it.

We aim to create effective boards for public bodies that are representative of the diversity of Scotland's population. Appointments to a board made by Scottish Ministers are known as public appointments.

Many public appointments are regulated and monitored by the Commissioner for Ethical Standard in Public Life in Scotland (CESPLS). Recruitment processes for these regulated public appointments are overseen by our public appointments team.

Appointments are made on merit. When designing a public appointments round, the target pool for potential applicants is based on the board's needs such as the knowledge, skills and qualities required, as well as which characteristics, such as sex, disability, age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, are underrepresented. The CESPLS sets targets for the overall demographic profile of applicants.

More information and details of how to apply for positions on public body boards is available on our public appointments website.

We undertake both general and targeted outreach events to increase awareness of public appointments. For more information on these events and for all other enquiries, please contact us: