On Board - A guide for Board Members of Public Bodies in Scotland (April 2015)

This Guide provides much of the basic information that a Board Member will need to understand their role as a member of the Board of a public body in Scotland.


Scottish Ministers have high expectations of those who serve on the Boards of public bodies and the way in which they conduct themselves in undertaking their duties. As a Board member, it is your personal responsibility to ensure that you meet these expectations by ensuring that your conduct is above reproach.

This section outlines how the Board exercises leadership in determining the values and standards of the organisation.

It describes the ethical framework introduced by the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, particularly the nine key principles of the Model Code of Conduct which all Board members are required to observe when discharging public duties. Through this framework, the Scottish Ministers aim to ensure confidence in Scottish public bodies, the Boards of those bodies and individual Board members.


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