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Saturday, 24th February 2024





Diverse Ethics and the Appointments Commission have teamed up to organise a special seminar on Public Appointments, and how Ethnic Professionals can benefit from the experience.

There are over 1,200 public bodies in the United Kingdom to which 18,000 people are appointed to provide and external perspective and professional expertise. These Public Appointments provide a range of people with the opportunity to gain board level experience, an understanding of the public sector and a chance to make a real difference to our public services. Public services are diverse as NHS Hospital Trusts, Museums, Police Authorities, etc. These services affect you and your communities every day, and in many cases, the time that you give to this work is remunerated.

Presently, there is a shortage of Ethnic Professionals working in Public Appointments, and the government is encouraging a pro-active strategy in this area to address the diversity gaps.

Jan Nottingham is Head of Candidate Development at the Appointments Commission, which makes over 1,000 Public Appointments a year. She is personally going to meet with you to help you understand the roles, what is involved in the application process, and encourage you to apply. Dr. Atul Shah, founder of the social enterprise Diverse Ethics will share his experience of joining a significant public board, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and how it has opened a whole new world of possibility for him. Here is a link to an article on his personal experience on this Board - A Day in the Life of a Board member.

The seminar will be held close to Kings Cross in London on 15th June 2010, from 6-9pm and places are limited to only 30 people, so if you are interested, please complete the very short application form attached, on the basis of which we will do the selection. The Appointments Commission will then personally work with those who are selected to support them in the public application process in future.

The Appointments Commission is looking for people with a high level of skills and experience, which may involve one or more of the following:


  • Finance experience gained at a senior level in a large and complex organisation.
  • Governance experience, bringing experience of strategic planning, financial, risk and performance management.
  • Commercial experience bringing both governance and private sector expertise.
  • Voluntary sector or community service experience, with experience of regeneration, community development or service provision for disadvantaged groups.
  • Specific expertise relating to the work of the organisation, such as consumer/customer focus, patient advocacy, market management, organisational development, commissioning, contract management, local government, economic analysis, change management, HR, education and training or legal expertise.


How do I apply?

If you would like to be considered for a place on this free event, please complete the application form below.  The form has been designed for us to select the people most likely to benefit from attending. You will need to send your application to us by 30th April at the latest.  We will let you know whether you have a place at the event as soon as possible thereafter. Final details of the seminar will then be circulated.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity before applying, please telephone one of the following people:

Atul Shah - 078  0429 4903

Umesh Parekh - 078 0982 9830

or email us

Please wait for the final confirmation that your form has gone through and ensure you complete all asterisked items.

Article added on 30th March 2010 at 2:58pm
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