Public Appointments

What is a public appointment?

Public appointees are members of committees that advise, monitor and take decisions on public services affecting all areas of Welsh life from education and health to sport and the arts.

Public appointments are a great opportunity to give something back to the community whilst developing your personal skillset and meeting a range of people. It is also a great way of getting hands-on experience of working in a particular sector.

In addition to Public Appointments the WiPL Portal advertises posts for Trustees of voluntary and community organisations as well as local and national charities and trusts.

Decision-making volunteering positions

As well as public appointments there are a number of ways that you can help to shape the future of your community and Wales by standing for positions in public life.

There are opportunities to become School Governors, Magistrates, and Trustees of Boards from National organisations like the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) to local community programmes such as Communities First. All of these can offer you the opportunity to share your skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives. There are a wide range of organisations and roles available, with something to suit everyone's interests and abilities.

The opportunities are endless, and, by putting yourself forward you will be acting as the beacon for other women in Wales, working towards the fairer representation of women in decision making positions.

What else do you need to know?

  • The majority of appointments are on a voluntary basis


  • These opportunities tend to range from 1 to 3 years


  • Travelling expenses will be covered, and you may be able to claim expenses such as carer's costs.

Available training

There are a number of organisations which offer training and support to enable you to build the relevant skills and experience to step into decision-making volunteer roles and public appointments.

  • Welsh GovernmentThe Welsh Government offers a 2 day public appointment training course for citizens interested in becoming an appointee. The training takes you through the evidence based application process, offers tips on filling in the application form and enables you to practice your interview technique. To find out more or register your interest visit the website.

  • WMAD logo paWomen Making a Difference run a series of training courses throughout Wales which are open to all women wishing to become more active in their communities. You can learn about community mapping, levels of government and the role of the Trustee as well as building your confidence and skills in communication, assertiveness and management. Click here to visit the WMAD website for further details.
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    The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action offer training across Wales to develop your skills as a volunteer. See the website for more.
  • There are a range of voluntary service centres across Wales which offer assistance to people wishing to become volunteers and you can find them by searching the web for your local voluntary council.

Visit our Search for Opportunities page to view the vacancies that are currently available, or sign up to our WiPL newsletter to receive monthly updates by email.

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