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Getting more LGBT people on public boards in Scotland
Thu 4 May 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 BST
Do you have enthusiasm and an inquiring mind?
Do you want to enhance your leadership skills?
Are you keen to contribute to public life in Scotland?
SWAN and the Scottish Government would like to invite you to discover more about the benefits and opportunities of taking on a board role at this interactive event, including informal networking.
From the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to the Scottish Legal Aid Board, Sport Scotland to NHS 24, public bodies are responsible for £8bn of public money and the delivery of essential public services. Board members and Chairs are key players in Team Scotland.
Diverse boards do better business – they make better decisions and have better governance, avoiding the ‘groupthink’ phenomenon. The Scottish Government has already made great progress in redressing the gender imbalance, but there is still more to do to ensure that boards are truly representative of the Scotland they serve.
At this event, you will hear from LGBTI public body board members who will share their perspectives and personal journeys. You will also hear about the range of boards looking for people like you to ensure Scotland’s public services benefit from the broad range of talent in our communities. And we’d like to hear from you about what might get in the way of you, as an LGBTI professional, considering such a role, so we can set to work on removing any barriers!
Neil Stevenson is board member of Changing the Chemistry & CEO of Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.
Jim Whannel is a board member at Bòrd Na Gàidhlig.
Grace Cardozo is a board member at NHS Dumfries & Galloway.
Marieke Dwarshuis is board member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board and Food Standards Scotland.