Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never sat on a board before, does that mean I shouldn’t bother applying?

No, it doesn’t. There’s no denying that board experience can be useful. It obviously wouldn’t be wise to have an entire board with very little experience of governance. On the other hand, how effective is a board filled with people who all have the same skills and experience? What is really needed is a balance of expertise and capabilities. In practical terms this means that for some posts it may help to have board experience, and for others it might not matter so much. It just depends on what is required by a particular board at a particular time. Not having previous experience should certainly not discourage you from applying, though. In fact, if we are to increase diversity in our public bodies it is absolutely crucial that we have applications from people who are new to public appointments.