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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Air Quality Expert Group Expert Members

“The expert members of AQEG will need significant air pollution expertise and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills outside their specialist area. They will be effective communicators with the ability to process and interpret complex information and to translate it for a non-expert audience.”

Time: Maximum 20 days per year.

Remuneration: £172 per diem.

Closes: 17 March

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NHS Business Services Authority – Non-Executive Director

Joining a cohesive board, you will bring leading edge thinking on digitisation, combined with an understanding of its application in high volume web-based businesses. You will also have the ability as part of a wider team, to help enable business transformation and change in board and organisational culture, in a large and complex organisation.

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 17 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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National Physical Laboratory – Non-Executive Director

NPL is seeking a Non-Executive Director with a background and experience in the application and commercialisation of science and technology to join the NPL Management Ltd (NPLML) Board. Candidates are expected to be familiar with a number of areas of NPL’s science and technology activities, and to have created and guided commercial growth in related application sectors.

Time: “A suggested annual time commitment of ~15 days.”

Remuneration: £12,500 per annum.

Closes: 18 March

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Health and Social Care Information Centre – Chair

“The HSCIC 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. This is a key appointment for Government. The successful candidate will be an outstanding individual with significant leadership experience in a complex organisation.

Time: 2-3 days per week.

Remuneration: Up to £63,000 per annum.

Closes: 18 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: 21 March

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Sport England – Board Members

Board Members assist the Chairman and the Executives of Sport England in delivering its statutory objectives and in formulating and implementing its other strategic aims. The board takes overall responsibility for Sport England and its performance… Board Members may also take on additional responsibilities, such as membership of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

Time: Seven half-day meetings per year plus preparatory work, and five meetings per year for committees.

Remuneration: £218 per diem.

Closes: 21 March

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Arts Council England – Chair

“The successful candidate must demonstrate a keen appreciation of the need to create the conditions for excellent art and culture to flourish and for more people to experience and appreciate the work of these sectors. They will also understand the importance of cultural education for children and young people.”

Time: “The time commitment is at least two days a week. The period of office is four years from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2021.”

Remuneration: £40,000 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 29 March

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