Three years ago, the Taxpayers’ Alliance reported that “in the last year, five times more Labour people were appointed to public bodies than Tories”.

Since then, the figures have varied, and some Conservative members or supporters have been selected to fill important posts. 

Nonetheless, it remains the case that, since it took office in 2010, our Party has punched beneath its weight when it comes to public appointments. One of the reasons seems to be that Tories simply don’t apply in the same number as Labour supporters.

To help remedy this, every fortnight we put up links to some of the main public appointments vacancies, that qualified Conservatives might be aware of the opportunities presented.

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Cefas – Non-Executive Director

Cefas’ non-executive advisory directors (NEDs) advise and challenge the Board and Chief Executive, bringing an objectivity and independence of view to the CMB’s discussions.”

Time: Approx. 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £10,000 per annum.

Closes: 06 December.

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Judicial Appointments Commission – Chair

We are looking for an experienced leader who can manage, motivate, and appraise the 14 Commissioners as well as be the public face of the Commission, promoting and acting as an ambassador for its work and the rule of law.”

Time: Two days per week.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 07 December

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National Physical Laboratory – Non-Executive Director

Candidates are expected to be experienced in managing world-leading science teams… Most probably in physical sciences that relate to NPL’s science and engineering activities, and most probably with an impact that has commercial benefits as well as the advancement of science.”

Time: Around 15 days per annum.

Remuneration: £12,500 per annum.

Closes: 08 December

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National Physical Laboratory Audit Committee – Chair and Non-Executive Director

You will use your experience and knowledge to provide an external perspective on the strategic direction of our work and contribute to the scrutiny and constructive challenge of our performance whilst maintaining independence of thought.”

Time: Around 15 days per annum.

Remuneration: £12,500 per annum.

Closes: 08 December

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Health and Safety Executive – Chair

“Key responsibilities include: providing clear, strategic leadership to the Board… Reviewing and setting the strategic direction… Acting as the Ambassador for the organisation.. .[and] building constructive and effective relationships at a strategic level with DWP and its Ministers.”

Time: Three days per week on average.

Remuneration: £84,000

Closes: 15 December

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Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair

The successful candidate will be an outstanding leader, a credible and effective public face for the organisation, with the skills to build strategic partnership(s).

Time: Approx. 1-2 days per week, up to 100 days per annum.

Remuneration: £500 per diem.

Closes: 14 December

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Civil Procedure Rule Committee – Lay Advice Member

“The CPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997. Members of the Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this body.”

Time: Minimum of nine days per annum.

Remuneration: “Out of pocket expenses, including travel”.

Closes: 14 December

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Forestry Commission – Non-Executive Commissioner

Amongst other responsibilities, the successful candidate will: “Serve as Board member of the England National Committee; Serve as a Forestry Commissioner with special responsibility for England; [and] chair the Forestry Commission England Audit and Risk Assurance Committee”.

Time: Approx. 28 days per annum.

Remuneration: £11,334.

Closes: 04 January

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British Council – Chair

The British Council seeks an inspirational Chair to head the UK’s leading international cultural relations charity. He/she will play a prominent role in representing the British Council’s interest to key stakeholders in the UK and across the 110 countries in which it operates.

Time: 80 to 100 days per annum; extensive travel.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 08 January

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Natural History Museum Trustees

“A Trustee with expertise in property management and/or construction, and with experience of fundraising for large capital projects./A Trustee with experience of scientific research and the ability to communicate science research to general audiences.”

Time: Four meetings a year, one training day, and sundry additional duties.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 11 January

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