David Johnston, Boardroom Apprentice, Community Relations Council
I applied to be part of the Boardroom Apprentice programme because I didn’t see too many people like me (black or disabled) sitting on boards, and I wanted to do my bit to help change that.
Being part of the Boardroom Apprentice programme has been a privilege. For me it has reinforced the importance of being motivated and committed to enhancing public service delivery. I’ve gained a better understanding of the Nolan principles of public life, which helps guide my thinking and decision-making.
Diversity is in the DNA of the Boardroom Apprentice programme, so apply and be the change that you want to see.
Sarah Fraser, Boardroom Apprentice, Department of Finance Solicitors Office
After returning to work after maternity leave during Covid-19, I wanted to be able to give something back to my local community but felt I lacked the confidence, skills (and years of experience!) to be able to serve on a public board. Coming from the private sector, I knew I had a lot of valuable knowledge and experience but wasn’t sure how this fitted in with the structure of the public sector and their boards and thought I needed 20+ years’ experience to be able to serve.
The boardroom apprentice program has not only de-mystified the public appointments process but has also helped me find my voice again and given me the skills and confidence to know that as a young working mother I can make a difference. Having more diversity on boards is crucial for the future and being an effective board member is ensuring people of all backgrounds, ages and mindsets are represented; so even if you feel you don’t fit the mould of a ‘typical’ board member- go for it, you won’t regret it!