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.

None the less, 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.  There are others – but this one is important.

Today, we launch a new fortnightly feature on ConservativeHome that is intended to help.  Very simply, we will put up links every other week to some of the main public appointments vacancies.

Obviously, no member of a political party should apply for or be selected for a post simply because he or she is a member of that party. They must be filled by suitably qualified people.

But since there may be Conservatives who are such people, but who may be unaware of the vacancies concerned, we hope that this feature helps to raise awareness.

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Big Lottery Fund England – Committee Member

The Big Lottery Fund is recruiting a member of their England Committee, “which makes decisions on the funding priorities and grants programmes for the Fund across the whole of England.”

Time: Approx three days per month.

Remuneration: £7848 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 16 October

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Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Chair

“Involves attending three Commission meetings per year, at least two annual Commission events, plus committees and other ad hoc work.”

Time: A minimum time commitment of 25 – 40 days per year.

Remuneration: Unpaid, travel expenses.

Closes: 16 October

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Health & Safety Executive Chair

An experienced individual to act as ambassador for the HSE and provide strategic leadership to the Board.

Time: Three days per week.

Remuneration: £84,000

Closes: 16 October

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Health & Safety Executive Non-Executive Director

This role involves contributing to Board meetings, scrutinising the Executive, and “act as a confidant, mentor and wise counsel to the Chair”.

Time: 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,100

Closes: 16 October

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Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change Board Member

“The successful applicants will be responsible for developing the work of the Adaptation Sub-Committee, determining its strategic direction and providing impartial input into the Sub-Committee’s work.”

Time: “Up to 3 days per month, plus maintain sufficient flexibility to respond to additional ad hoc duties.”

Remuneration: “Up to £19,800 for up to 36 days of work per year.”

Closes: 19 October

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NHS Litigation Authority Non-Executive Director

“You will be responsible for the good governance of the organisation, providing challenge, scrutiny and support to a Board responsible for overseeing the expenditure of considerable sums of public money.”

Time: “Two to three days per month.”

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 21 October

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The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority – Non-Executive Director

Non-executive members contribute to the development of the Authority’s strategy, and to policy development on specific issues”.

Time: 40 days per year.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 23 October

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Planning Inspectorate – Non-Executive Director

The candidate will help to ensure the Inspectorate fulfils the aims set out in its business plan, and provide oversight to help it comply with statutory and administrative requirements from the Government.

Time: Up to 24 days per year.

Remuneration: £10,500 per annum.

Closes: 27 October

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Office of Tax Simplification  Chair

The candidate will set a strategic direction for the OTS by chairing the Board, and nominating four other members of the Board to the Chancellor.

Time: “Up to two days per month.”

Remuneration: “A daily rate commensurate with other appointments.”

Closes: 6 November

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UK Statistics Authority Non-Executive Directors

As non-executive members of the Board, successful applicants will assist the UKSA with strategy and governance and assist the National Statistician, amongst other duties.

Time: “Minimum two days per month.”

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 2 November