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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

Senior Investigating Officer - Monitoring Form

This form should be completed when applying for the post of Senior Investigating Officer. The closing date for applications is 18 February 2019. Please complete this form electronically or, if hand-written, please ensure that it is legible.


Commissioner Publishes Draft British Sign Language Plan

The Draft Plan sets out the actions which the Commissioner proposes to take over the period 2018-2024 to improve access for BSL users to the range of statutory functions that he fulfils. The Draft Plan is available to download from this website in Word and pdf formats. A BSL translation of the Draft Plan is available to view on YouTube and Facebook from the following hyperlinks:



The Commissioner would welcome views on the Draft Plan. The consultation period runs until 14 September. 


British Sign Language Plan - Open Events at the Scottish Parliament

This poster gives more detail about the open events for British Sign Language users being held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday, 18 May and Saturday, 19 May. There’s a page on the Scottish Parliament’s website that gives more details and that also includes a video with a BSL translation of what’s going to be involved. Why not come along and meet the Commissioner and his team to find out more about the work of this office and the work of other SPCB supported officeholders. There's also a BSL translation that explains what the officeholders do.

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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