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Four 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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UK Statistics Authority – Chair

“The Chair is responsible for providing support, oversight and guidance to the National Statistician, in their role as the Chief Executive of the Authority. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the Authority Board, Permanent Secretary of the Department, head of the Office for National Statistics and the leader of the wider Government Statistical Service. The UK Statistics Authority Board defends the public interest in statistics and holds the National Statistician to account.”

Time: Two and a half days per week.

Remuneration: £71,250 per annum.

Closes: 16 October

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Financial Conduct Authority – Non-Executive Director

“The FCA is an independent financial regulator with the strategic objective of ensuring that the UK’s financial markets function well. It works alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Bank of England as part of the system for regulating financial services in the UK.The FCA Board keeps a close watch on how the organisation operates and holds the FCA accountable for the way it works. It comprises executive and non-executive members and is chaired by John Griffith-Jones. The FCA and its Board are accountable to the Treasury and to Parliament.”

Time: Approx. 50 days per annum.

Remuneration: Competitive.

Closes: 16 October

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Office for Police Conduct – Director General

As the first Director General you will play a central role in setting the OPC’s strategic direction, and formulating the way in which the new organisational structure will operate, while maintaining public confidence and productivity in the resolution of investigations about police conduct, deaths and serious injuries and complaints against the police. We are seeking an individual of unquestionable integrity and authority, with the resilience to deliver under public scrutiny, whilst exercising sound judgement.

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: “Six-figure salary”.

Closes: 16 October

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House of Commons – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

“The Chair is responsible for providing support, oversight and guidance to the National Statistician, in their role as the Chief Executive of the Authority. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the Authority Board, Permanent Secretary of the Department, head of the Office for National Statistics and the leader of the wider Government Statistical Service. The UK Statistics Authority Board defends the public interest in statistics and holds the National Statistician to account.”

Time: Full-time with flexible working options.

Remuneration: “Competitive”.

Closes: 17 October

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Northern Ireland Office – Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

“The arrangements for electoral administration in Northern Ireland are different from elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The system in Northern Ireland is administered centrally by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland who is both the electoral registration officer for all 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland and returning officer for all elections and referendums in that jurisdiction… Candidates for this post must have experience of transformational change of a complex organisation and must be able to command the confidence of all sides of the community in Northern Ireland. This position is based in Belfast.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: £65,000-£90,000 per annum.

Closes: 17 October

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Non-Executive Commissioners

“The key role of the Commissioners is to set a clear strategic direction for the Commission and drive continuous improvement in its performance. We are seeking to appoint Commissioners who can demonstrate a commitment to, and knowledge or experience of, equality and/or human rights. We are particularly seeking to appoint a Commissioner who has experience or knowledge relating to religion or belief.”

Time: Approx 1-2 days per month.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 18 October

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Department for Exiting the European Union – Non-Executive Board Member

“The Department for Exiting the European Union is seeking to fill a Lead Non-Executive board member position and other Non-Executive board member  positions, including that of Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Non-Executive Board members provide advice and bring an external perspective to the business of government.  They give advice and support on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, focussing on getting policy translated into results.  Policy will be decided by Ministers alone, with advice from officials.”

Time: Approx 15-20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum/£20,000 for committee chairs.

Closes: 21 October

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Institute for Apprenticeships – Chair

“The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction to the shadow Institute during a critical phase in its development pre-April 2017. The Chair will be a strong figurehead and ambassador for the organisation, delivering its vision. The role will involve developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute. The Chair must at all times observe the highest standards of probity, impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to management of the organisation and when making strategic decisions, ensuring that high standards or corporate governance are observed at all times.”

Time: 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £140,000 pro rata.

Closes: 26 October

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Office of the Schools Adjudicator – Schools Adjudicator

Schools Adjudicators make legally binding decisions on a range of school matters. Most frequently they deal with objections to and referrals of admission arrangements. Adjudicators also make decisions and give advice in relation to securing places for children who need them; resolve disputes about school land and make decisions in certain circumstances about school organisation matters. The appointment will be for a period of three years and the first year will be probationary.

Time: Part-time, 60 days per annum minimum.

Remuneration: £355 per diem away from home/£58 per hour at home.

Closes: 18 November

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