Make a difference – join a Public Board!
Public bodies make important decisions that shape the quality of our lives and public services, and include organisations like the governing bodies of local hospitals, the Arts Council, advisory bodies or the Competition Commission. However some groups, particularly women, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are under-represented on our public boards.
Under new targets, so as to be more representative of society, by 2011 the Government wants to see women form 50% of new public appointees, disabled people 14%, and people from ethnic minorities 11%.
The About Time Public Leaders courses, sponsored by the Government Equalities Office, are designed to support the government’s aim to increase the diversity of public body board members and the pool of talented individuals ready to take up public appointments. Boards that have a diverse mix of people and talent make the best decisions.
Playing an active role in civic society through joining the board of a public body can be extremely rewarding, whether you want to expand your skills, are looking for a career development opportunity or simply want to make a positive difference in your community.
You could be working in the private, public or voluntary sector, a social or private entrepreneur, a carer or taking a career break. Whatever your background and achievements so far, we are looking for people with a passion and commitment for making a contribution in public life and on our public boards.
To find out more and download application forms – visit: http://abouttime.commonpurpose.org.uk/public-leaders-courses/. You can also email, fax or post completed forms or apply online.
For more information about public appointments generally, or to find out about current vacancies, please visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/publicappointments. You can now register to get email alerts with vacancies in your region or by areas of interest