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 Nuclear Police Authority – Independent Member

We are looking for a person to provide an external perspective to the Authority’s discussions. Whilst not necessarily coming from a security or nuclear background, the independent member should understand the context and environment in which the CNPA operates, display sound judgement to make a strong contribution to Authority decision-making and sharing responsibility for the Board’s decisions.

Time: Around 35 days per annum.

Remuneration: £17,500 per annum, plus travel.

Closes: 27 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: 27 April

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Port of Dover – Chair

The new Chair will continue to provide the strong leadership needed to lead and develop a cohesive and effective Board, including Non-Executive Directors drawn from the local community, that supports and challenges the executive team in meeting Dover’s national role as a strategically important international gateway, ensures the continuing commercial success of the port while contributing to the local economy, and sustains the highest standards of safety and security for the benefit of port customers and users.

Time: Two days per week.

Remuneration: £79,500 per annum.

Closes: 27 April

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UK Export Finance – Non-Executive Director

“As a Non-Executive Director you will bring an external, independent perspective to our operations based on private sector experience and expertise in key areas, including: financial risk management; trade/export finance; and accounting and audit. We would also expect candidates to show a strong enthusiasm for boosting UK exports and a desire to take on an ambassadorial role for UKEF in the world marketplace.”

Time: Eight or nine board meetings per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 29 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: 03 May

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Office of Rail and Road – Non-Executive Board Member

“The ORR’s board sets the strategic direction of the organisation and approves policy approaches, as well as providing scrutiny and challenge to the executive team. In addition, the board takes important regulatory decisions, and members sit on sub-committees to provide focus on particular issues.”

Time: Three and a half days per month.

Remuneration: £21,776.

Closes: 03 May

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Ministry of Justice – Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

The office holder is not required to have a background within the criminal justice or immigration systems but must have an appreciation of the issues affecting these areas… The Ombudsman’s Office is operationally independent of, though it is sponsored by, the Ministry of Justice. In carrying out the duties of the office, the Ombudsman is supported by a team of deputies, assistants, investigators and administrative staff.

Time: Full-time, fixed-term appointment of three years, but flexible working requests of three or more days per week will be considered.

Remuneration: £100,000 per annum, flexible working remunerated on a pro-rata basis.

Closes: 04 May

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Arts and Humanities Research Council – Chief Executive

“The Chief Executive is responsible for providing both the academic and managerial leadership of the AHRC and for the overall direction and management of AHRC staff and other resources. The position will necessarily involve close liaison with a wide range of stakeholders across the research and higher education sectors as well as government and the wider public sector.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: “In the region of £100,000.”

Closes: 04 May

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NHS England – Non-Executive Director (Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair)

“The primary role of Non-Executive Directors is, as a team, to lead in developing the strategy and oversee the work of NHS England by participating fully in the work of the board, both in the context of the board meetings themselves, and more widely.”

Time: Two to three days per month.

Remuneration: £26,272 per annum.

Closes: 05 May

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