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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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Industrial Services Advisory Board – Chair

“The IDAB is a group of independent experts whose key objective is to ensure that Government intervention or investment in industry is merited and delivers the best possible value for money, i.e the cost and returns of government financial support to industry relative to the economic benefits that will be achieved for statutory cases… The Chair will be expected to be able to analyse cases from a broad range of sectors and understand various scenarios sufficiently to lead discussion to make best use of the knowledge and skills sets across the entire Board.

Time: 12 meetings per annum plus an additional 12 days.

Remuneration: Unpaid.

Closes: 08 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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Ofqual – Board Member

“Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its primary responsibilities are to maintain standards in regulated qualifications and assessments… The Ofqual Board is the legal authority responsible for the regulation of qualifications and assessments. The Board provides leadership and direction, setting strategic aims, values and standards. It consists of the Chair, between 7 and 12 ordinary members and the Chief Regulator (Chief Executive). Day to day responsibilities are delegated to the Chief Regulator.”

Time: Up to 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £6,000 per annum.

Closes: 09 December

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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: 18 December

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Westminster Magistrates Court – Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate)

“The Deputy Senior District Judge undertakes a wide range of judicial and administrative responsibilities in support of the Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate). The latter may include assisting in the deployment of judges and deputies as required; supporting and guiding judicial colleagues; conducting and participating in judicial training events; and, in the absence of the Chief Magistrate, assuming the powers, duties and responsibilities of the post. In addition, the post holder will be expected to carry out the full duties of a District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts). Time permitting, this may include hearing some of the most sensitive, long and complex cases, including extradition cases and terrorist applications, subject to the required authorisation being granted.”

Time: Full-time, potential unsocial hours.

Remuneration: Unlisted.

Closes: 19 December

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Welsh Revenue Authority – Chair

“The WRA will deliver Welsh Ministers’ tax policy and follow the strategic direction set by them; it will however be operationally independent. It will be accountable to Welsh Ministers and to the National Assembly. As a new tax body the development and maintenance of good relationships with taxpayers and their agents will be key. It will be vital to offer clarity about its expectations of taxpayers and clarity about the services it will provide to assist taxpayers to help them to meet their tax obligations. It will be critical for the WRA to establish a positive culture of payment of taxes, to promote compliance and to deter avoidance.”

Time: Four days per month.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 03 January

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UK Space Agency – Non-Executive Member of the Steering Board

“The UK Space Agency was established as an Executive Agency of the previous Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in April 2011. The Agency’s responsibilities include policy and delivery of the Government’s civil space requirements; working with the European Space Agency and other international organisations and agreeing with UK industry how to maximise the benefits of space technologies. The UKSA Steering Board currently consists of four independent members (including the Chair), the Agency’s CEO, Senior Information Risk Owner and a Deputy Director representing BEIS.”

Time: 20 days per annum, any additional classed as voluntary.

Remuneration: £300 per diem up to £6,000 per annum.

Closes: 05 January

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Civil Justice Council – Members

“As a Member of the Civil Justice Council you will: participate in quarterly Council meetings using your experience and expertise; monitor the progress of the work programme and the operation of its working parties; consider draft proposals for civil justice reform and consultation responses submitted by its working parties; chair or sit on time-limited working parties as required depending on your availability; act as ambassadors for the Council where appropriate.”

Time: Eight days per annum.

Remuneration: Reasonable travel expenses.

Closes: 06 January

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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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