Becoming a board member


08 April 2024

Board appointments 

SHR’s Board members are public appointments made by Scottish Ministers. Members are normally appointed for a four year term, which can be extended to a maximum of eight years. 

Watch this video to find out more about our work.

Recruitment to SHR’s Board is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Find out more about public appointments, how to apply and FAQs. 

Current vacancies 

Scottish Ministers are currently recruiting to appoint one person to our Board. Further information on this vacancy including details on how to apply can be found hereFind out more here. For tips on completing your application please watch this video.

View our Board member Helen Trouten Torres as well as other public body board members speak about their experiences on applying to become board members. 

Video 1: What board do you serve on?Video 2: Why do you want to serve on a board? Video 3: Advice for those wishing to apply


Diversity and gender equality   

We want people from diverse backgrounds.  Applications are particularly welcome from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.  They would also encourage applications from those with personal experience of having a disability arising from a physical or mental impairment. Previous board level experience is not essential. 

Read more about our work on gender equality on public boards