Delivering Diversity

Diversity Delivers, the first equality and diversity strategy for Scotland’s ministerial public appointments process, was launched on 1 September 2008.

It resulted from significant research into the operation of the public appointments process and the barriers people come up against when considering, or applying for, a position on a board. The strategy concentrates on the way the public appointments process can develop to attract a wider and more diverse range of applicants. The launch highlighted the Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing the range and diversity of applicants and – ultimately – of people appointed to public sector boards.

Scotland’s public bodies are required to deliver ministerial policy and services to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. A board drawn from varied backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience will be well placed to appreciate the evolving needs of the population it serves. Diversity Delivers sets targets for the Scottish Government to achieve that diversity of knowledge and experience on the boards. I will measure their progress and will report on their achievement in future annual reports and on this website.

The vision for public appointments concentrates on three areas:

Awareness and Attraction

A pool of applicants as diverse as the people of Scotland, aware of and attracted by the work of our public bodies and the opportunities to serve on their boards.

Confidence and Capacity

An appointments system that inspires confidence, increases capacity and embraces diversity, from the application process to the boardroom.

Education and Experience

A programme of support for our future leaders, developing and providing opportunities for all to achieve their full potential and for Scotland to draw upon its brightest talent.


How to achieve it

The sections outlined above explain how we plan to achieve our vision. They contain practical recommendations to bring about meaningful change. These recommendations will in turn be translated into detailed action plans. By working together to implement them, the Scottish Government, the Commissioner and public bodies will make real advances towards increasing diversity across the public appointments process and on the boards of our public bodies.

For updates on this work please refer to the Making Progress section.