The arrangements for the appointment of members to the Boards of State Bodies are set out in the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards published in 2014. In accordance with the Guidelines, all vacancies (subject to specified exceptions) are advertised openly on the State Boards
portal, operated by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Applications are then processed by way of a transparent assessment system designed and implemented by PAS to support the Minister in making appointments to State Boards under his/her remit. Applicants are shortlisted through this process for Ministerial appointment. Appointments meet specific and detailed criteria determined in consultation with key stakeholders (such as the current Chair of the State Board concerned and the Public Appointments Service) as necessary for the effective performance of the relevant role(s). However, in some instances, representative or other bodies may have the right, either statutory or by convention, to nominate Board Members. Currently, there is a particular focus on enhancing gender balance on the boards of State Bodies, to support greater diversity and effectiveness.