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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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Independent Reconfiguration Panel  Three members

“The IRP…provides independent expert advice to the Secretary of State for Health on disputed proposals for changes to clinical services in the NHS in England. The aim of the Panel is to ensure that decisions about future service changes are safe, sustainable and result in improved services for patients.”

Time: One to two days per month.

Remuneration: £140 per diem.

Closes: 13 June

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Civil Service Pensions Board – Non-Executive Chair

“The Civil Service Pensions Board (CSPB), is responsible for assisting the Scheme Manager (the Minister for the Cabinet Office) in the effective administration of the Civil Service pension arrangements.” “The role of the Chair will include providing leadership for the CSPB in terms of setting its objectives, strategy and policy.”

Time: Ten days per year on average.

Remuneration: £15,000-20,000.

Closes: 13 June

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Charity Commission for England and Wales – Three board members

“The Charity Commission is a non-Ministerial Department responsible for the registration and regulation of charities in England and Wales. The Charity Commission is responsible for maintaining the publicly accessible register of charities (there are 165,000 registered charities), for determining whether institutions are charities, for providing information and guidance to charities on complying with the law and for the oversight and regulation of charities.”

Time: Approximately 18 days per year.

Remuneration: £350 per diem.

Closes: 20 June

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Health Education England – Two Non-Executive Directors

“One NED will chair the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC Chair). Additionally one NED is required by statute to be a person who will represent the interests of patients and will be appointed to hold the position of co-chair of HEE’s Patient Advisory Forum. HEE is responsible for ensuring that our future workforce is available in the right numbers and has the necessary skills, values and behaviours to meet patients’ needs and deliver high quality care.”

Time: Two to three days per month.

Remuneration:  “Non-Executive Directors will receive £7,883 per annum. The Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee will receive £13,137 per annum

Closes: 9 June

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Department for Communities and Local Government – Non-Executive Director

“The role of a Non-Executive Director is to bring independent oversight, support and constructive challenge to the Executive, through influence and advice. In addition, the successful candidate will be asked to engage with the department’s Change programme, playing a lead role for the departmental Non-Executive Directors in supporting, advising and challenging the department in the design and implementation of its Change programme.”

Time: Approximately 24 days per year.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 17 June

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Committee on Climate Change – board member and Chair of Adaptation Sub-Committee

“The ASC Chairperson will ensure that the Government’s Programme for adaptation enables the country to prepare the economy, environment and society for climate change…[and] sit on the Committee on Climate Change to ensure joined up work on mitigation and adaptation.”

Time: Up to five days a month for the ASC, and a further two days a month for the CoCC.

Remuneration: £548 per diem for the ASC, and £800 per diem for the CoCC.

Closes: 9 June

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The Gambling Commission – Chair

“Key policy areas and therefore priorities for the Chair at present include: The impact of digital, mobile and online technologies on gambling products…The strategic challenge to enable appropriate innovation of the National Lottery to provide continued public… Crime, in particular money laundering… Sports integrity – working with sports governing bodies, the betting industry and law enforcement agencies to tackle issues relating to match fixing; Advising DCMS on future gambling policy, including advice on the Triennial review of stakes and prizes for machines, such as controversial Fixed Odd Betting Terminals in high street bookmakers.”

Time: Two days per week.

Remuneration: £528 per diem, up to a maximum of £55,000 per annum.

Closes: 17 June

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Tate – Two Trustees

“Tate holds the national Collection of British art and of international modern and contemporary art, currently comprising over 72,000 works. It is a family of four galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and has a significant digital presence.”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 9 June

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