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Welcome to the public appointments website

These pages cover our work on public appointments.


Every one of us living in Scotland benefits from the essential services provided by our public bodies. Health, education, the environment, the economy... public bodies play an important role in every part of Scottish life.

And their boards play a vital role in guiding and shaping their future.

Our job is to help ensure that the people who serve on these boards are appointed on merit, using methods that are fair and open.


Read more about how we regulate public appointments >



Featured Publication

sportscotland chair appointment round - good practice in planning and assessment

This report summarises an exercise in planning and assessment. It discusses how the competency framework trialled on the Creative Scotland pilot appointment round was adapted specifically for a chair appointment round. It also refers to the high quality of early engagement with the minister to ensure that the panel knew precisely what would be required of a successful chair for the board.


Revised Guidance on the 2013 Code of Practice

The Commissioner has updated the guidance on application of the 2013 Code of Practice. It includes a number of  changes intended to enhance the operation of the public appointments process.

Read the code >

Read the guidance >


Good Practice More Widely Adopted

The Scottish Government, with the full support of the Commissioner, has been trialling new methods to attract, assess and appoint board members. We have posted a number of examples of good practice in attraction and assessment to our website to give selection panels, public bodies and applicants information on the new approaches being taken.


Office move

The Commissioner and his team have moved offices. Our new address and phone numbers are available on the contact us page.

2013 Code of Practice

The Commissioner has published a revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland. The revised Code is available to download from our website as is the guidance published to accompany it. The Code and guidance came into force from 1 October 2013.

Read the code >

Read the guidance >


Name change for the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

From 1 July 2013, the Commission becomes the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Recent legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament transfers the functions of the

1. Commission for Ethical Standards,

2. Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland and

3. Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland

to a single Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Read more about our work on public appointments >

Read more about our work on public standards >

Our contact details and personnel remain the same.

Contact us >

Find out more about the legislative changes >


Keen to apply for a public appointment?

To find out about current vacancies go to www.appointed-for-scotland.org