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Non-executive directors have an important contribution to make to the effective running of many companies. Their role is to provide an objective and creative contribution to the board of directors of the private or public company. Many non-executive directorships are paid, and often lead to further business and personal opportunities.


A public appointment is an appointment to the board of a public body or government committee to provide leadership and guidance as well as holding senior staff to account. Around 18,500 people hold a public appointment, some of which are paid while others are voluntary. 


Both of these types of appointments are open to people from all walks of life with private, public or third sector backgrounds. The time commitment can vary from as little as a day a month to full-time positions.


Call us now on 01444 230130 to discuss a particular opportunity or for an honest assessment, alternatively email us at enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk.

How we can help you. Let our experts draft your application.

How we can help you. Let our experts draft your application.


Here's an interview with our CEO on the BBC Daily Politics Show about applying for perhaps the most prestigious of public appointments, a peerage. 

WARNING: The rest of the panel, who are conveniently already 'in the club', question why anyone would need help to get in to the House of Lords. Easy for them to say!

What is a public body?

There are over 1,200 public bodies across the UK delivering important and essential public services. These include large public bodies managed by boards of directors and small, advisory committees made up of lay members, experts and specialists.


Examples of public bodies include:

  • Key regulatory bodies such as the Competition Commission, the Environment Agency, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the Health and Safety Executive
  • Expert, advisory bodies such as the Low Pay Commission, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the House of Lords Appointments Commission
  • A number of specialist scientific and technical committees
  • Health authorities and NHS trusts

  • National museums and galleries, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Tate and the National Gallery

What does a public appointee / non-executive director do?

The three main functions of a board appointee are:

  • To provide direction and leadership - this includes setting the organisation's strategy, agreeing business plans to deliver the strategy and recruiting key staff
  • To hold senior staff to account - this includes holding managers to account on how the body is managed, how business plans are delivered and how the budget is spent

  • To represent the work and views of the body - this might be to ministers, Parliament, key stakeholders and the wider public

Those appointed to government committees or advisory bodies provide independent, expert advice to government departments and ministers on specific issues.

What are the benefits of a board role?

A public appointment or Non-Executive directorship gives you the chance to:

  • Give something back and contribute your expertise to help the community and influence decisions that affect everyone's lives
  • Meet people from all walks of life who also want to make a difference

  • Develop your career, gain board experience and boost your skills
  • Return from a career break

Who can apply?

People who hold public appointments and Non-Executive directorships come from all backgrounds, every walk of life and every part of the UK. You need to demonstrate that you have the ability to carry out the role.


The skills and experience needed will vary from post to post but, in general, you will need to show:

  • Commitment to devote the time to prepare and take part in the work of the body
  • Courage to ask questions that no one else has asked or ask why things are being done a certain way

  • Confidence to speak up and express your point of view
  • Common sense to be able to assess the impact of decisions on all sections of the community and bring an independent view to the debate

  • Committee experience to take part and influence the actions and decision-making of a formal board or committee
  • Clear thinking to assess a situation quickly, accurately and even-handedly

What should I do if I want more than one of your services?

If you are considering making an application and would also like a combination of personal honours and business awards be sure to click on ViP Brand Build Programme link below.

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