Public Events


The Scottish Government Public Appointments Team would like to invite you to their “Come on Board” event on Monday, 4th December in Edinburgh. 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.

Attendees of previous events have said:

  • “Very useful event and one that I would recommend to colleagues”
  • “Great event, short and sharp”
  • “Felt like a very positive atmosphere and everyone was very enthusiastic”


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.


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.

Below you can find details of the work Changing the Chemistry  did with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish National Heritage (SNH)

Quality Through Diversity Events 2015 Summary – June 2016