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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, so that qualified Conservatives might be aware of the opportunities presented.

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UK Research and Innovation – Chief Executive

A new funding body – UK Research and Innovation – is being established to bring together the nine existing Government funding bodies.  UKRI will provide overall strategic direction, representing the sector’s interests globally, and maximising the value of a Government investment in research and innovation which totals more than £6bn per annum. It will ensure that the research and innovation system across the whole of the UK has the strategic capacity, the autonomy, and the agility to maintain our world-leading strength in discovery and innovation.

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: ~£300,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

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Ofqual – Chair

“Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its primary responsibilities are to maintain standards in regulated qualifications and assessments. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chair who can bring strong leadership and focus to Ofqual, working with the Board, Ministers and the Chief Regulator to provide clear strategic direction.”

Time: Approx. two days per week.

Remuneration: £43,400 per annum.

Closes: 30 September

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Royal Armouries – Education Trustee

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a Trustee to the Board of the Royal Armouries with expertise in the field of Education. The successful candidate will contribute to the governance of this public body and the delivery of its objectives… The successful candidate may be required to join one or more of the Board’s two sub-committees – the Finance & Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee, or to become a Director of Royal Armouries Trading & Enterprises Ltd.

Time: One day per month on average, some travel.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 01 October

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NHS Digital – Non-Executive Directors

“The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint four Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to NHS Digital (the trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre). NHS Digital is the national provider of high quality information, data and IT systems for health and social care, enabling people to make informed decisions and achieve the best possible health and well-being outcomes. Candidates will have a career record of achievement, including senior leadership experience, along with an awareness of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring experience from the private or public sector to bear on these challenges.

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 03 October

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National Savings & Investments – Chair

NS&I is seeking a Non-executive Director (NED) Chair to complement and add value to the current Board; providing leadership and strategic direction, supervising overall management of the organisation’s activities and advising on risk to achieve strategic objectives. NS&I is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK with 25 million customers and more than £135 billion invested. It is both a government department and an Executive Agency of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Candidates for this role must currently be (or have been) a non-executive Director, with experience of working in a complex commercial organisation (e.g. a regulated sector, financial services).

Time: 18 days per annum plus travel.

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum.

Closes: 09 October

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UK Statistics Authority – Chair

“The Chair is responsible for providing support, oversight and guidance to the National Statistician, in their role as the Chief Executive of the Authority. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the Authority Board, Permanent Secretary of the Department, head of the Office for National Statistics and the leader of the wider Government Statistical Service. The UK Statistics Authority Board defends the public interest in statistics and holds the National Statistician to account.”

Time: Two and a half days per week.

Remuneration: £71,250 per annum.

Closes: 09 October

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House of Commons – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

“The Chair is responsible for providing support, oversight and guidance to the National Statistician, in their role as the Chief Executive of the Authority. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the Authority Board, Permanent Secretary of the Department, head of the Office for National Statistics and the leader of the wider Government Statistical Service. The UK Statistics Authority Board defends the public interest in statistics and holds the National Statistician to account.”

Time: Full-time with flexible working options.

Remuneration: “Competitive”.

Closes: 17 October

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