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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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Royal Mint Advisory Committee – Art Historian

“The purpose of the role is to play an active part in raising the standard of numismatic art in Britain, through judging artwork submitted, offering constructive comments on how it can be amended, suggesting suitable means of briefing artists and suggesting new artists to become involved in the design of coins and medals.”

Time: Four meetings per annum for a five-year term.

Remuneration: Expenses only.

Closes: 04 March

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Royal Mint Advisory Committee – Museums Sector Member

“The member will be expected to attend meetings of the Committee where, upon reaching consensus, design proposals will be forwarded for approval to the government department concerned before being passed on to the Palace for royal approval.”

Time: Four meetings per annum for a five-year term.

Remuneration: Expenses only.

Closes: 04 March

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Bank of England – Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation

“The Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation is the Chief Executive of the PRA, and sits on the board of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)… The Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation will continue to be the Chief Executive of the PRA and will have several of his/her roles, including preparing the prudential regulation strategy and the day to day management of the PRA, written into statute.

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £267,946 per annum.

Closes: 04 March

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National Employment Savings Trust – Trustee Members

“The NEST Trustee Board is collectively responsible for running the NEST pension scheme and setting the strategic direction and objectives for the organisation. The Board is entirely comprised of Trustee Members. NEST Corporation is a Non-Departmental Public Body, accountable to Parliament for the effective performance of its statutory functions.”

Time: 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: “£19,050, based on 30 days annual commitment (£635 a day).”

Closes: 07 March

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Civil Justice Council – Members

“The role of the Trustees is to establish SMG’s policy, have overall responsibility for financial decision-making, review performance and endorse appointments to key management positions. The Trustees assist the Chairman and the Executives of the Science Museum Group in delivering its statutory objectives and in formulating and implementing its other strategic aims.”

Time: Minimum 8 days per annum.

Remuneration: Travel expenses.

Closes: 14 March

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Royal Parks – Chair

“The Royal Parks (TRP) is a new public body which will be seeking charitable status. Its purpose is to oversee the management of 5000 acres of outstanding parkland in London including unique historic landscapes, rare habitats, listed buildings and national memorials. It also undertakes commercial activity to support this work including concessions, licences and a high profile series of events.”

Time: Monthly meetings, four to six board meetings a year, a study day, extra time prior to launch.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 14 March

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UK Statistics Authority – Non-Executive Directors

“The Authority has responsibility for its executive office, the Office for National Statistics. The Authority Board is looking for two non-executive directors as it seeks to improve the accessibility and usefulness of statistical data to the wider public, and modernise the collection and communication of UK statistics to meet the current and future needs of the UK’s decision makers.”

Time: Minimum two days per month.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 14 March

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Financial Reporting Advisory Board – Chair

“HM Treasury is seeking a new Chair for the Financial Reporting Advisory Board. The Board advices UK public sector accounting standard setters on matters related to financial reporting. Created in 1996, the Board’s plays a valuable independent role in the accounting standard setting process. The Chair performs a central leadership role on the Board.”

Time: “The Board meets 3 times a year and also undertakes some out of meeting work.”

Remuneration: “The post has historically not been remunerated but this may be reviewed for the right candidate.”

Closes: 18 March

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Home Office – Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

“HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) is an independent body that inspects and reports to the public on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and national law enforcement agencies… HMIs are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary. Their purpose is to inspect the police and report publicly on their efficiency and effectiveness.”

Time: “Full time – basic hours of work will be 37 hours per week, excluding lunch breaks.”

Remuneration: “Expected six figure salary, subject to agreement by Ministers.”

Closes: 18 March

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Department for Education – Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

“The next Chief Inspector will also have a key role over the five years of their term in delivering the manifesto commitment to reduce the burden of inspection and to continue inspection reform so that inspection is re-shaped to meet the challenges facing the education and children’s services sectors.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £170,000-180,000 per annum.

Closes: 18 March

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