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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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Companies House – Chair of the Audit Committee

“Companies House is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is a customer-focussed organisation that incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.”

Time: 24 days per annum.

Remuneration: £13,200 per annum.

Closes: 29 March

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UK Government Investments – Non-Executive Director

UKGI will be formed by bringing together the two bodies that currently manage most of the taxpayer stakes in businesses across the economy – the Shareholder Executive (ShEx) and UK Financial Investments (UKFI)… Candidates will be expected to be experienced in investment management, as a principal, and corporate governance. This will most likely have been gained through private equity or related investment experience.

Time: Three days per month.

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum, plus £4,000 per committee chairmanship and £2,000 per committee membership.

Closes: 29 March

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Homes and Communities Agency – Board Chair

This will be a complex leadership, change and influencing role. The Chair, working with the Board and the Chief Executive, will need to influence a diverse range of organisations in both the private and public sectors to increase levels of house building and home ownership, and respond to changes in public policy and the financial markets..”

Time: £51,600 per annum.

Remuneration: Six days per month.

Closes: 29 March

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UK National Screening Committee – Chair

“We are seeking to appoint a new Chair to the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC). The Committee advises Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries on all aspects of screening policy and implementation. It assesses the evidence for screening programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria.”

Time: Up to ten days per annum.

Remuneration: Expenses.

Closes: 30 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: 04 April

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The Crown Estate – Chair

“This is a specialist real estate business focussed on its core sectors, central London, prime regional retail, rural and strategic land, together with management of the UK seabed… The Chair will be an individual of substance who commands respect and has an effective influencing style appropriate to the stakeholder group and will have an exemplary track record of upholding high standards of governance.

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: To be confirmed.

Closes: 04 April

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Pension Protection Fund – Chair

DWP is seeking a candidate with exceptional communication and leadership skills to fill this challenging role. The successful candidate will be collaborative, persuasive and have the ability to engage effectively with a very broad range of key stakeholders.

Time: 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £60,000 per annum for a fixed five-year term.

Closes: 04 April

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Civil Justice Council – Members

The Council is currently seeking to recruit up to five new members: A barrister member; a member able to represent the interests of employees; a member able to represent the views of the insurance industry; and two members able to offer experience and expertise in another field of civil justice.

Time: Minimum 8 days per annum.

Remuneration: Travel expenses.

Closes: 11 April

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Social Mobility Commission – Commissioners

“The Social Mobility Commission is an Advisory Non Departmental Public Body, established to: promote social mobility in England; on request, provide advice to Ministers about how to improve social mobility in England; and report on the progress being made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom.”

Time: One day per month.

Remuneration: Travel and other reasonable expenses.

Closes: 13 April

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Budget Responsibility Committee – Executive Member

“We are seeking candidates with world-class expertise in macro- and micro-economic analysis, who can contribute directly to the committee’s work and provide intellectual leadership to the OBR’s staff economists. This is a high profile and influential role, requiring good communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively. Candidates must command broad respect for their objectivity in dealing with issues of political sensitivity.”

Time: “This post can be undertaken on either a part or full-time basis.”

Remuneration: “Full-time remuneration for the role is £121,330, this can be reduced proportionately if the successful candidate wishes to serve on a part-time basis. The stated remuneration includes compensation in lieu of pension and is up-rated annually in line with CPI.”

Closes: 15 April

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