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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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Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee – Chair

“The VAPC Chairperson and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year and members are expected to be involved in a wide ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out above. Suitable candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds and, whilst knowledge of service life would be useful, it is not necessary.”

Time: 2-4 meetings per annum.

Remuneration: Voluntary.

Closes: 20 November

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Bank of England – Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking

The new Deputy Governor will be responsible for managing the balance sheet of the Bank. He or she will look after the execution of financial stability and monetary policy decisions via balance sheet operations, the management of the Government’s foreign exchange reserves, gold custody services, the operation of the real time settlement system, the effective risk management of these operations and the gathering of market intelligence relevant to policy decisions.

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: £270,000

Closes: 21 November

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Ofsted – Chair of the Board

“The next Chair of the Ofsted Board will play a key role in the continued effective running of Ofsted over the three years of their term. The Chair will work in partnership with the Chief Inspector, the Board and Ofsted’s senior executive team, leading the Board to discharge its statutory responsibilities, setting and monitoring objectives and targets for the organisation and the Chief Inspector, and providing high quality support and challenge.”

Time: Two days per week.

Remuneration: Honorarium of up to £46,800.

Closes: 21 November

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Companies House – Chair

The Board is advisory rather than fiduciary and its principal roles are to ensure challenge of the executive team on behalf of ministers and BEIS, set the organisation’s strategic direction, and to oversee operational effectiveness… The new Chair will lead the Board through a period of continued change for CH, overseeing the delivery of its digital transformation programme, implementation of new legislation and advising how it can work efficiently and effectively with other organisations in a tough financial climate.”

Time: Minimum 48 days per annum.

Remuneration: £28,450 per annum.

Closes: 21 November

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Office for Students – Chair

The Office for Students (OfS) will be a new public body created as the market regulator for the Higher Education sector… We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chair who can bring strong leadership and focus to the OfS, working with the Board, Ministers and the CEO to provide clear strategic direction. The Chair of the OfS is a new part-time, non-executive role at the forefront of the Government’s Higher Education reform agenda. The Chair will lead both the creation of the OfS, and set the direction for the work of the OfS in its first years of existence.”

Time: Two days per week approx.

Remuneration: £60,000 per annum.

Closes: 24 November

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Westminster Foundation for Democracy – Independent Governor

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is one of the UK’s leading democracy-building foundations, providing expertise in developing parliaments and  political party structures. They are looking for someone to join the Board as an independent governor to work alongside three other independent members and six governors who derive from the political parties.

Time: Four days per year for Board meetings, plus extra for sub-committees.

Remuneration: Occasional expenses.

Closes: 27 November

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National Infrastructure Commission – Chair/Commissioners

“The National Infrastructure Commission sits at the very heart of the government’s plans to renew and expand Britain’s infrastructure. With a broad remit and great influence, the Commission will shape our infrastructure for generations to come. The Chancellor is seeking to appoint a permanent Chair to oversee the Commission’s infrastructure advice across multiple sectors and to shape the strategic direction of the NIC and its recommendations to the government… The Chair of the NIC will be a thought-leader and an independent voice on infrastructure.”

Time: Three days per week approx/Two days per month.

Remuneration: £142,000 per annum (pro rata)/£20,000.

Closes: 02 December

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office – Lead non-executive board member

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is seeking to fill the lead non-executive board member position. Non-executive board members will play a key part in providing an independent perspective to the strategic direction of the running of the department, contributing to scrutiny and constructive challenge on our performance and in communicating the Board’s vision to internal and external stakeholders.”

Time: 20 days per annum approx.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 02 December

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Legal Services Board – Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints

As Chair of the OLC, you will report to the Chair of the LSB and through the LSB to Parliament via an annual report laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor… [You will] lead the OLC Board in the effective administration of the Ombudsman scheme for complaints about legal service and claims management providers in England and Wales. You will have a key role in developing approaches to ensure that complaints are dealt with efficiently and effectively.

Time: 60 days per annum minimum.

Remuneration: £52,500 per annum.

Closes: 09 December

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BBC – Non-executive board members

“From 3 April 2017, the BBC will be governed by its Board, which will replace the two-tier governance structure of the BBC Trust and the BBC’s Executive Board. The new Board will be responsible for the exercise of all BBC functions in accordance with the Corporation’s Royal Charter. The Board will comprise fourteen members: a non-executive Chair, a designated non-executive member for each of the Nations of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales); five other non-executive members and four executive members, including the BBC Director-General.”

Time: 1-2 days per week on average.

Remuneration: £33,000 per annum, plus £5,000 for committee chairs.

Closes: 12 January

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