On Board: a guide for members of statutory boards

Guidance for all those appointed under statute to be members of the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

Role of the Board as an Employer

In most cases the Board is the employer of the individuals who work for the public body, although the management of staff, apart from the Chief Executive (whose performance is appraised by the Chair), is a matter for the executive.

The Board should be satisfied that the public body is meeting its moral and legal obligations to its employees and that the senior management team is fulfilling its obligations in this regard.

The Board is usually responsible for the recruitment of the Chief Executive and, in some cases, other senior staff. If you take part in a recruitment exercise, you will need to be familiar with employment legislation and any codes of best practice in relation to equal opportunities issues. You should receive training in recruitment and selection before serving in that capacity.

Role of the Board as an Employer

This includes ensuring that the body:

  • Has policies and procedures that comply with employment law;
  • Avoids discrimination of any kind against current or potential employees and has policies to guarantee equal opportunities and value diversity;
  • Has in place agreed terms and conditions of employment which should reflect the general standards set out in the Model Code for Staff;
  • Has in place clear policies and strategies relating to staff; and
  • Complies with all health and safety requirements.


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