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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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HS2 Ltd – Non-Executive Director

“The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint a new non-executive board member to the HS2 Ltd Board, with the aim of increasing the level of expertise and challenge, specifically regarding design and delivery of extremely large-scale infrastructure investment projects (megaprojects).”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: To be confirmed.

Closes: 10 May

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Sentencing Council for England and Wales – Non-Judicial Member (senior police officer)

“The Sentencing Council for England and Wales was set up by part four of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Sentencing Council is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice and replaced the Sentencing Guidelines Council and the Sentencing Advisory Panel.”

Time: 36 days per annum.

Remuneration: £12,000 per annum, unless already full-time public sector.

Closes: 09 May

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Advisory Committee for Justices of the Peace in England and Wales – Non-Magistrate Member

“The Lord Chancellor’s advisory committees form a network of committees covering the whole of England and Wales. They are classified as non-departmental public bodies and are responsible directly to the Lord Chancellor who determines their organisation, structure, membership, and operating practices.”

Time: Two to nine days per annum.

Remuneration: Attendance expenses.

Closes: 17 May

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Darwin Expert Committee – Member

“Members are responsible for assessing applications for Darwin funding, evaluating each application according to the criteria for grant awards and providing written comments and scores which will then be discussed by the Committee at sift meetings in order to produce a prioritised list of projects recommended for funding to be considered by Ministers.”

Time: Up to ten days per annum.

Remuneration: £150 per diem, up to ten days, plus expenses.

Closes: 20 May

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DFID Audit and Risk Assurance Committee – Non-Executive Member

“The role of the non-executive member is to act as a full member of the Audit Committee and participate and assist through utilising their expertise and experience in the effective discharge of the Audit Committee’s terms of reference; more broadly, in assisting in the discharge of the Executive Management Committee’s responsibilities for effective internal control, financial reporting and governance.”

Time: “Approximately five meetings per year, with ad hoc meetings as required.”

Remuneration: “£3,000 per annum.

Closes: 20 May

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Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee – Members

“The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint two Radiopharmacists and a Nuclear Medicine Specialist Member (either a radiologist or physician) to ARSAC, an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body. ARSAC members advise the UK Health Departments on written applications from practitioners for certificates that will enable them to use specific radioactive medicinal products in diagnosis, therapy or research.”

Time: “Committee meets twice a year and members will receive 3 applications to review per week approximately 1.5 hours per week. Additional time may be required for report writing or involvement in working groups.”

Remuneration: Travel and subsistence.

Closes: 20 May

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British Transport Police Authority – Deputy Chair

“The British Transport Police (BTP) is the police force for the railways, providing a policing service to rail operators, their staff and passengers. As a public body, the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) holds the BTP to account for the delivery of this vital police service, ensuring its effectiveness and efficiency. The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair of the BTPA who can play a leading role in the BTPA, deputising for the Chair when necessary and assisting the Chair in fulfilling her role.”

Time: 50 days per annum.

Remuneration: £26,624 per annum, flexible working remunerated on a pro-rata basis.

Closes: 23 May

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British Transport Police Authority – Member

“The British Transport Police (BTP) is the police force for the railways, providing a policing service to rail operators, their staff and passengers. As a public body, the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) holds the BTP to account for the delivery of this vital police service, ensuring its effectiveness and efficiency. The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint at least three new Members of the BTPA.”

Time: 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £16,174 per annum.

Closes: 23 May

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Department for International Development – Non-Executive Board Member

“As a Non-Executive Member you will bring new perspectives and provide constructive challenge to the organisation. Your engagement will influence the strategic direction and development of DFID’s future capability and structure. You will attend six Committee meetings per year.”

Time: “Approximately 15-20 days per annum, including six departmental board meetings.”

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 25 May

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Channel 4 Television Corporation (C4C) – Non-Executive Board Member

“As a Non-Executive Member you will bring new perspectives and provide constructive challenge to the organisation. Your engagement will influence the strategic direction and development of DFID’s future capability and structure. You will attend six Committee meetings per year.”

Time: “ The time commitment is likely to be up to two days per month, depending on participation in sub-committees.”

Remuneration: “The appointees will receive appropriate remuneration. All reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred in performing the duties of the role will be reimbursed in accordance with Channel 4’s expenses policy.”

Closes: 25 May

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