Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of person should apply for a public appointment?
First of all, there is no “sort” of person who should or shouldn’t apply. Public bodies are concerned with issues and services that affect the whole of our society, which means you! Obviously, not just anyone can run these bodies – there will be certain knowledge and skills which are necessary for each post – but these could be gained through your work, hobbies, volunteering or home life, there’s no set pattern you have to follow. You might find that your hobby has given you specialist knowledge that is just what a particular public body needs. Alternatively, you may have experience of finance, business, marketing, or any number of other relevant skills. You might even just have first-hand experience of being on the receiving end of public services. Your application will be judged on how well your skills, knowledge and personal qualities match those required for the post. It’s important that the boards of public bodies reflect the whole of society in Scotland, but for that to happen people from all backgrounds and communities – people like you - need to apply.