12 Apr, 2021

Gender Representation (Board)

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The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 has been established to help address the historic and persistent underrepresentation of women in public life. Women represent over half the population of Scotland – nearly 52%.

Section 1 of the Act sets a “gender representation objective” that a board has 50% of non-executive members who are women. Where a board has an odd number of non-executive members, the objective applies as if the board has one fewer non-executive member. A board with 50% or more non-executive members who are women has met the objective.

Schedule 1 of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 lists the public authorities covered by the Act – this includes the Risk Management Authority (RMA). The Appointing Person as stated in the statutory guidance as responsible for appointments to RMA is: The Scottish Ministers.

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