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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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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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Judicial Appointments Commission – Chair

“The position of Chair is both demanding and rewarding and requires an exceptional individual to provide first class strategic leadership to the organisation. We require a high calibre candidate in whom the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Justice Select Committee have total confidence.”

Time: Eight days per month.

Remuneration: “Commensurate with the position.”

Closes: 14 April

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Security Vetting Appeals Panel – Members

“Successful applicants will need to be able to demonstrate: the ability to examine and analyse complex issues in an impartial way.; a commitment to consensual decision-making; good communication and team-working skills; the ability to draft reports of case hearings; and the ability to command the confidence of Ministers, Parliament and the public.”

Time: Five to ten days per annum.

Remuneration: £240 per diem plus “reasonable travel and subsistence”.

Closes: 15 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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Royal Museums Greenwich – Trustee

The Museum has an international reach, national responsibilities and a local presence. The Board of Trustees now wishes to have a new Trustee appointed ideally who can represent the Museum’s local communities.

Time: Up to ten meetings per annum, plus events and preparatory work.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 18 April

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Disclosure and Barring Service – Non-Executive Board Members

“The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is seeking two Non-Executive Board members. The first is to have experience of, and where appropriate, be able to comment on issues in relation to Northern Ireland (NI) safeguarding, especially with regards to it’s barring function. The other should have relevant commercial expertise and experience of managing IT enabled change.”

Time: Twenty days per annum.

Remuneration: “£12,000 per annum, based on 20 days’ attendance”.

Closes: 18 April

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Homes and Communities Agency Equality & Diversity Board Advisory Group – Members

The HCA seeks members who have the skills, experience and knowledge to provide a high level, expert sounding board to advise and assist the HCA and its Board & Regulation Committee in meeting the Agency’s strategic aims to deliver effective equality and diversity outcomes.

Time: Five meetings per annum.

Remuneration: Expenses only.

Closes: 18 April

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – Trustees

We are welcoming applications for two new Trustees with horticultural and commercial skills. As a Trustee you could play a vital role in helping ensure that RBG Kew remains the world’s leading botanic gardens and achieves its mission to be the global resource for plant knowledge, building an understanding of the world’s plants upon which all our lives depend.”

Time: Ten to twelve days per annum.

Remuneration: “Essential expenses comprising of travel, accommodation, if required, and subsistence”.

Closes: 19 April

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Boundary Commission for England – Assistant Commissioners

“Successful candidates will be expected to assist the BCE in the analysis of consultation responses, and the development of appropriate subsequent recommendations to the Commission for revised boundary proposals. Some Assistant Commissioners will be expected to chair regional public hearings around the country.”

Time: Around 35 days per annum.

Remuneration: £350 per diem.

Closes: 24 April

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