Public Events

Details of Changing the Chemistry events that are open to members and non-members can be found below.

For details of members’ events please login and access these here.


Recruitment Event and Q&A for Chair and Commissioner appointments to the Scottish Fiscal Commission

1 November at 17:30 – 19:00 (online)

Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair and Commissioner to the Scottish Fiscal Commission (paid roles – 1.5 days a week).

  • Do you have the skill and experience to lead the Commission with integrity and independence?  
  • Do you have experience working at a senior level, appraising economic and fiscal developments, across different types of organisations?


If you answer yes to one of these questions, then why not consider the role of Chair and/or Commissioner to the Scottish Fiscal commission. The Scottish Fiscal Commission in collaboration with Changing the Chemistry (SCIO), is running this FREE online event to encourage more people, particularly, women, those aged under 50 and those from a minority ethnic background, to consider applying.

You may never have held a board position before, however, this could be a great way to make a difference. The Scottish Fiscal Commission welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds so this may be a great opportunity for you.

Join us at this event, to find out more including:

  • Information about the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the roles from the current Chair, Dame Susan Rice, and the Scottish Government’s Director General for the Scottish Exchequer, Alyson Stafford CBE
  • Perspectives from a Changing the Chemistry member about what the role of a public sector board entails
  • Information about the recruitment process from Helen Miller from the Public Appointments Team.
  • Plus the opportunity to ask any questions in the Q&A.


An application pack for each role can be found via the following links to the Public Appointments Website:  View details for Chair role and view details for Commissioner role.   Closing date for applications is 15th November at midnight.

Free to attend, this event is open to all but registration is essential. Please pass on the details and  RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE



The Scottish Government is currently recruiting for two new Non-Executive Directors (paid role) – open to all but please register to attend

8 November  (18:00 – 19:30 online event)

Do you want to help shape Scotland’s future?

This is a role unlike any other non-executive position, where you engage across the range of some of the most important contemporary issues facing Scotland including Covid recovery, health, economy, climate change, communities, children and families, good government and more. It is different from acting as a Board member for a business or charity, where you are collectively accountable for the strategic decisions which govern the organisation. Scottish Government Non-Executive Directors provide challenge, advice and assurance to the Permanent Secretary and her team based on their experience and insight. They promote good governance and the improvement of performance, encouraging diverse and innovative ways of working, thinking and problem-solving, drawing on their unique perspectives.

If the challenge of this role excites you and you would like to find out more, please register to join us on 8th November (online) to hear two existing Non-Executive Directors at Scottish Government in conversation with Dr Helen Wright, President of Changing the Chemistry (CtC), reflecting on their experiences of the role. You will not only hear from them, you will have the opportunity to put your questions about the role to them, and the team who are supporting the recruitment round will also be available in the chat to answer any questions on the application process (more details of the role can be found here).



Learning more about Scottish Public Appointments – Come on Board   

16 November  (18:00 – 19:30 online event)

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Changing the Chemistry (CtC) and the Scottish Government Public Appointments invite you to:

Come on Board in the Public Sector. Quality through diversity.

The Scottish Government is looking for individuals to take on Public Appointments- why not find out more and learn about how to apply?

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. You may never have considered a board position before – but your experience may be invaluable. Public sector boards are very keen to increase the diversity of their non-executive directors so this may be a great opportunity for you.

This event will give you the opportunity to learn about what public sector boards do, what being on board involves, the benefits of being on a board, the Public Appointment process including how to apply for these exciting opportunities and how CtC can support you in your journey.

The aim of this event:

• Our aim is to encourage more people to consider board roles at an earlier stage in their career and we are particularly keen to encourage and support people with protected characteristics.

• The event will highlight current, or imminent opportunities, providing additional information about these opportunities and a chance to hear from those who are directly involved.

• The event will also present the opportunity for you to put your questions to the panel and to discuss things in more detail in small break-out groups at the end of the event.

Free to attend, this event is open to all but registration is essential. Please pass on the details and REGISTER.

Many of us don’t realise how much we have to offer so even if you are really not sure the boardroom is for you, please do come along and learn more.


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