A public appointment is typically to the board of a public body, as Chair or non- executive Director. There are currently thousands of people serving on the boards of public bodies which span a great range of organisations and institutions across a number of sectors. These include healthcare, defence, the criminal justice system, as well as some of our greatest cultural institutions. Public bodies play an important role in public life and those roles on the boards public bodies provide an opportunity to play a real part in shaping and influencing society and the decisions that affect all of our lives.
To be truly effective public bodies need to bring together a mix of people with different skills, experience and backgrounds, reflecting the communities they represent and the challenges they face. To this end, the Government is seeking to attract a strong and diverse field of candidates to apply for non-executive roles on the boards of public bodies.
All public appointments are advertised on the Centre for Public Appointments website. Each vacancy will specify the skills and experience that are sought for that particular role (as well as time commitment and remuneration), however in general individuals who understand and have the ability to operate at non-executive level – providing leadership, strategic direction and independent scrutiny – are needed.
For more information you can download the information pack here.
Please do take a look at the website and take a look at the opportunities on offer. You can also sign up for a fortnightly newsletter and set up email notifications for roles that you may be interested in – publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk