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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

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland - good practice in planning and assessment for a Chair appointment round

This report summarises the planning phase for this appointment round as well as highlighting a particularly innovative approach to assessment. A mix of methods were used including simulated activities with high levels of validity leading to a successful outcome.


Annual Report for 2016/17 Published

The Commissioner laid a new, interactive version of his 2016/17 Annual Report with the Scottish Parliament on 30 October.

In respect of public appointments, there have again been successes in redressing underrepresentation by gender and BME on the boards of Scotland's public bodies. The target for applications from women, as set out in Diversity Delivers, has been exceeded for the second year in a row. There are now more women on the boards of Scotland's public bodies than at any time since this was recorded.

The picture for disabled applicants and applicants under 50 is not so positive.

The Commissioner has for a second year made recommendations in respect of these and other currently underrepresented groups and will work with the Scottish Government on appropriate activities in the year ahead with a view to the boards of public bodies being both effective and reflective of society.

Read the Interactive Annual Report>

Read Diversity Delivers>


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 >


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