Gender Equality on Public Boards: Progress Update

Published

26 April 2021

Updated

30 April 2021

Gender Equality on Public Boards: Progress Update 30 April 2021

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 is to help address underrepresentation of women in public life. 

SHR Board membership at 30 April 2021

Women

2

Includes Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

Men

5

 

Vacancies

2

Vacant from April 2020 & March 2021

Board appointments

Recruitment plans for the two vacancies were delayed due to the Covid -19 Pandemic. Scottish Minister are planning to recruit and appoint to the vacancies during 2021/22. This recruitment campaign will include targeted outreach work promoting the opportunities to women’s networks to encourage applications by women. Women will be in the majority in the recruitment panel and the panel will be chaired by a women.

Positive Action

In October 2019 SHR Board agreed a programme of work to help attract applications by women to future vacancies. This was primarily focussed on the anticipated Board recruitment then planned for 2020, which was subsequently delayed due to the pandemic until 2021. Despite this during 2020 and 2021 SHR took some positive actions to promote future applications by women.

SHR’s Board member Helen Trouten Torres participated in three videos used by Scottish Government to promote applications to public boards in Scotland.

Video 1: What Board do you serve on

Video 2: Why do you want to serve as a Board member

Video 3: Advice for those wishing to apply

 

On 7 April 2020, we issued a news story marking the retirement of our Deputy Chair, which included reference to continued diversity on SHR Board and more women. On 24 February 2021 we issued a news story making the retirement of a board member and this included a quote from our Chair about working to attract more female applications.  

In our 2019/20 annual report and accounts, published in October 2020, we stated our commitment to gender balance on public boards and our Chair reaffirmed this in response to questions from the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government & Communities Committee in November 2020.

We tweeted to mark International Women’s day in 2020 and 2021. Our tweets celebrated the contribution that our women board member and staff make to protecting the interests of tenants and others who use social landlord services.

We enhanced our webpages about our Board to include a permanent section providing information for anyone interested in joining our Board, with links to information on gender diversity.

We have used our duty to report on progress by April 2021 to promote future applications by women through a news story on our website.