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. 

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, that qualified Conservatives might be aware of the opportunities presented.

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HM Revenues and Customs – Adjudicator

The independent Adjudicator investigates complaints from individuals and businesses about HMRC, the Insolvency Service and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).”

Time: “On average three days per week.”

Remuneration: £124,455 pro rata.

Closes: 26 October

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Family Justice Council Family Law Solicitor

We are looking for one member for a Public Law Family Solicitor. Members of the Council have collective responsibility for the operation of this body.”

Time: Four meetings per annum, plus reading and paper consideration.

Remuneration: Unpaid.

Closes: 29 October

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Business Wales Strategic Board – Chair

“…an exciting opportunity to get involved in the direction of the entrepreneurship agenda in Wales and make a key contribution to policy direction and the quality of business support available to businesses in Wales.”

Time: Approximately six days per annum.

Remuneration: Unpaid, reasonable expenses.

Closes: 29 October

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Business Wales Strategic Board – Members

Members of the Board will be expected to “represent their area of expertise from across the entrepreneurship spectrum, including entrepreneurs, micro-businesses, SMEs, youth entrepreneurship, social enterprise and Welsh speakers.”

Time: Approx. six days per annum.

Remuneration: Unpaid, reasonable expenses.

Closes: 29 October

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National Portrait Gallery – Trustee

“The chief role of Trustees is to assist the Chair in meeting the Board’s overall responsibilities under the Charities Act and in accordance with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State.”

Time: “The equivalent of two days every three months.”

Remuneration: Unpaid.

Closes: 02 November

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Members

“Members are expected to achieve the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the Conservation Board in the best interests of the AONB [and] provide leadership, scrutiny and direction for the organisation as a whole.”

Time: Ten to fifteen days per annum initially.

Remuneration: Chilterns – £653 per annum; Cotswolds – £240 per annum.

Closes: 02 November

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National Park Authorities – Members

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

Time: Generally between 2-6 days per month.

Remuneration: Varies between each National Park

Closes: 02 November

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Ofqual – Chief Regulator

The chief executive of Ofqual, which “regulates qualifications and examinations in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. It ensures high standards and public confidence in the qualifications system.”

Time: Full-time, fixed-term appointment for five years.

Remuneration: Circa £135,000, more for an exceptional candidate.

Closes: 09 November

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DVLA  Non-Executive Director

“As a Non Executive Director and Chair of our Audit Committee you will play a key role in our corporate governance model. As a Non Executive Director, you will attend and make an effective contribution to the DVLA Board and Board meetings”.

Time: Around 32 days per year.

Remuneration: £436 per day.

Closes: 30 November

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The Churches Conservation Trust – Chair of Trustees

The candidate will “ill provide public leadership for the cause and for CCT as the largest UK charity in its sector and a strong and growing reputation for the best conservation, management and extended use of historic churches.”

Time: “Four half-day Board meetings a year, plus a two-day tour, one-day strategy day and, for the Chair in particular, events in London or in CCT churches across England once or twice a month.” Term is initially three years.

Remuneration: Expenses paid.

Closes: 11 December