Public Events


Glasgow, Monday 19th March, 2018

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are seeking a number of new board members and are holding an informal event at their headquarters to explain more about the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s plans and how board members can make a difference.

You will hear from the Chair of the SFRS about our transformation plans and the skills we are seeking, a board member will share their experience of the role, and Changing the Chemistry will tell you about the support available if you decide to make an application. A question and answer session will follow, attended by Kirsty Walker, the Scottish Government Public Appointments Improvement and Outreach Manager, who can offer more information on the application process. There will be an informal opportunity to meet existing board members and senior SFRS officials to hear more about the service and ask any further questions.

Reserve your place here.

Inverness, Tuesday 20th March, 2018

The Scottish Government’s public appointment’s team is holding a quarterly “Come On Board” event, at the Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LS (6:00-8:00pm)

The session includes an outline of the public appointments process, and hears from current Board Chairs and Board members about their experiences. Speakers for Inverness are: Amanda Bryan, Board Chair of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management); Andrew Thin, Board Chair of Scottish Canals and Scottish Land Commission; Dr Gaener Rodger, Board member of NHS Highland. A Q&A and opportunity to network follow.

Reserve your place here.


Changing the Chemistry has a unique approach in that we share the responsibility to help each other, volunteering our time and skills in a peer-to-peer support network. We discuss and share insights into current boardroom issues across private, public and voluntary sectors, drawing on internal and external advice and speakers.

As part of this committment members and alumni give their time to a variety of events from networking and informal support to events with guest speakers whose own experience is shared in support of our stated aim of boosting board effectiveness through diversity.

  • The target group and the graduate group meet quarterly to share experiences and best practice.
  • There is a social event each month for members to exchange ideas and to network in an informal setting.

There are regular training and information events to help members to become board-ready and to help those already on boards to become even more effective board members. In the recent past we have offered events including, Exploring Charity Governance, Investment Trust Boards, What a board should expect of the auditors, Trustee Governance and many events where successful individuals have shared their board journeys.



Edinburgh, Wednesday 7th March, 2018

A UK Public Appointments event, hosted jointly by The Cabinet Office and Changing the Chemistry, at the Scottish National Gallery (5.45 for 6:15pm – 8:30pm)

Public appointees help to set the strategy of the public bodies which run, regulate and support our public services. Taking on a Public Appointment offers you the opportunity to contribute your skills and expertise to influence decisions that affect everyone’s lives. This event will give you the opportunity to hear speakers from a range of public bodies including the British Museum, the Marine Management Organisation, the Big Lottery Fund and others; to learn more about Public Appointments and to find out how to apply for these exciting UK-wide opportunities.

Reserve your place here.

Dundee, Thursday 8th March, 2018

Dundee and Angus College, in collaboration with Changing the Chemistry, is running a free event in Dundee to encourage more people, particularly women and younger people, to consider applying for board positions generally, and Dundee and Angus College specifically.

The event will cover the benefits to you of being on a board, what boards do, with a specific focus on Dundee and Angus College, what being a non-executive Board member entails, and the appointments process.

Speakers will include:

  • Angela McCusker, Chair of Dundee and Angus College
  • Grant Ritchie, Principal of Dundee and Angus College
  • Jane Richardson, Dundee and Angus College Board member and a Trustee on the Board of Changing the Chemistry
  • Amanda Millar, Chair of Changing the Chemistry

The event will take place at Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, Gardyne Rd, Dundee, DD5 1NY, 5.30 to 7.00pm. Reserve your place here.

Edinburgh, Monday 4th December 2017

The Scottish Government Public Appointments Team would like to invite you to their “Come on Board” event. The session will cover:

  • The benefits of being on a public body board and the experiences of those on boards
  • The appointment process for public sector boards and the support and help available
  • The range of boards looking for people like you and upcoming vacancies

For those who wish a new challenge, are keen to share views and make a difference, or extend their network and enhance leadership skills, this event is for you.

You will hear from current Board Chairs and members about their experience and from the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team about the process.  Speakers include Amanda Bryan, Board Chair of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management), George Walker, Board Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator, Dr Kate Broughton, Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and Dr Martin Toye, Board member of Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.

All are welcome to come along and learn more – whether you already have a role, or have never considered a board position before: your skills and experience may be invaluable to a variety of organisations.


Location The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR
Timing Tea, coffee and mince pies from 1800; event starts at 1815 with speakers on until 1940; event closes at 2000
Date  Monday 4th December
Accessibility The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an Induction loop. Should you require further assistance or you have any questions about the event, please contact

How to register – book your place via EventBrite or the Scottish Public Appointments Facebook page by Friday 1st December.