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Succession Planning Guidance and Toolkit

Guidance on Succession Planning for Public Body Boards

This 'light touch' guidance seeks to help public bodies develop effective succession plans for their Boards. This has been co-produced by the Scottish Government's Public Bodies Unit and Public Appointments Team, sponsor teams and a range of staff and Board members of public bodies, building on good practice.


In addition to the guidance, a toolkit of resources has been developed to assist public bodies in developing their Board succession plans.

The toolkit provides information and examples of good practice, which will be updated on a regular basis.  It will be up to each public body to decide which elements of the toolkit (if any) are most likely to be of assistance to them at different points in time and to determine what is likely to work best for them in relation to succession planning. There is no requirement for public bodies to use any element of the toolkit. 

Should you have any materials your Board has developed, you would be willing to share with others in this toolkit of resources, please forward to the Public Bodies Unit.


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