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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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Royal Courts of Justice – High Court Judges (Track 1/Track 2)

“In past High Court exercises, successful candidates will normally have had previous sitting experience as a judge. However this competition is also open to those without it. Such candidates should apply if they can demonstrate the necessary transferable skills and expertise. By way of other relevant experience, whether in court or in other settings, they should show that they will be able to hold the authority of a courtroom, and make judgements based on balanced analysis of highly complex issues of fact and law.”

Time: Full time, salaried part-time work may be available.

Remuneration: £179,768.

Closes: 13 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: 20 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: 20 January

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Yorkshire 2019 – Chair

“This appointment is for the role of Chair of the Board of Yorkshire 2019 Ltd. The Chair will be responsible for the leadership of the Board: establishing an environment that enables the Board to achieve its potential; and delivering a safe and successful World Road Championships in 2019 in line with the company’s objects.”

Time: Equivalent to five days per month approx.

Remuneration: “In line with the commitment required.”

Closes: 20 January

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The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology – Member

“The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the government’s top-level advisory body on science, technology, engineering, social sciences and disruptive innovation. It reports directly to the Prime Minister and is co-chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and an independent appointee… The Council is looking to renew its membership from April 2017. We are looking for 5 new members from: business – large and small; industry, manufacturing, services, and the financial sector; not-for-profit organisations with a research or ‘science and society’ focus; and academia.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: “Reasonable travel and subsistence costs related to Council business.”

Closes: 23 January

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The Civil Service Commission – Commissioners

“Civil Service Commissioners: chair recruitment competitions for the most senior-level appointments in the Civil Service; adjudicate on complaints investigations (about recruitment and about ethical standards); and set standards for recruitment into the Civil Service. The Commissioners form the Board of the Civil Service Commission and bring a range of experience of the private, public and voluntary sectors. They bring an independent perspective to ensure a high performing Civil Service is well placed to meet the current and future challenges.”

Time: 40 days per annnum minimum.

Remuneration: “Commissioners receive a daily rate of £400 when chairing competitions and a further hourly rate for attending Board meetings and other work.”

Closes: 23 January

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Ministry of Justice – Court Examiners

“Court Examiners are appointed by the Lord Chancellor under Part 34.15 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The posts are open to barristers or solicitor-advocates with three years standing. A court may order a witness to be examined before trial as to their oral or documentary evidence, either by deposition under Rule 34.8, such as where someone is too ill to attend the trial, or where a foreign court requests evidence from a person who resides in this jurisdiction and not in the jurisdiction of the foreign court.”

Time: One day per month approx.

Remuneration: “Court Examiners fees are paid by the party who obtained the order for examination.”

Closes: 26 January

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Falkland Islands Government – Attorney General

“The role of Attorney General represents a truly unique opportunity for an exceptional individual to build on the achievements of the current postholder who leaves office in the coming months. As the principal legal adviser in the Islands the successful applicant will be required to advise the Governor, the Chief Executive and the Government on the full breadth of Government activities and carry out the equivalent role of DPP. The successful applicant will lead a small team of qualified lawyers and other support staff and will be a member of the Corporate Management Team. They will also advise the Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £109-130,000 per annum.

Closes: 03 February

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Welsh Revenue Authority – Non-Executive Members

“The devolution of new borrowing and tax powers is an important development and provides Wales with an exciting opportunity to develop its funding arrangements so they best meet Welsh circumstances and priorities. Earlier this year, the National Assembly approved its first Welsh tax legislation – the Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016. This provides powers for tax administration, including those to establish the first ever Welsh tax authority – the Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA). From April 2018, the Welsh Government is looking to have in place a fully-functioning, efficient and effective regime for collecting and managing Welsh taxes.”

Time: Three days per month approx.

Remuneration: £300 per diem.

Closes: 06 February

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UK Research & Innovation – Board Members

“The UKRI Board will be expected to support the set-up of the organisation, providing clear strategic direction and oversight, promoting the importance of UK Research and Innovation and supporting the senior leadership team of the organisation to embed new ways of working across UKRI… As well as the above requirements which would be expected for all UKRI Board Members, there are specific roles on the Board that will require additional expertise, and a larger time commitment to UKRI.”

Time: 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £9.180 per annum, plus £459 per diem for extra days.

Closes: 17 February

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