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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Various Government Departments – Departmental Non-Executive Board Members

Successful applicants will sit on the board of a Government department, and have proven senior leadership experience in a complex organisation.

Time: Approx. 15-20 days per annum, three-year contracts.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum/£20,000 per annum for lead non-executives and committee chairs.

Closes: Ongoing.

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DVLA Audit Committee Non-Executive Director and Chair

The candidate will attend the DVLA board meetings, constructively challenge executive members, and bring their expertise to bear examining major projects and programmes.

Time: Around 32 days per annum.

Remuneration: £436 per diem.

Closes: 16-17 December

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Treasure Valuation Committee – Members

The committee provides independent advice on the market value of treasure finds, and is comprised of experts on antiquities, museums and relevant law.

Time: Around two days per month.

Remuneration: Unpaid.

Closes: 30 November

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Home Office – Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Materials

“This is an exceptional opportunity to play a crucial role in overseeing the destruction, retention and use of fingerprints, DNA samples and profiles, by the police and other law enforcement bodies.”

Time: Three days per week.

Remuneration: Between £115,000 and £125,000 pro rata.

Closes: 01 December

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Cabinet Office – First Civil Service Commissioner

The candidate will provide leadership and a public face to the Commission, leading policy development and personally chairing especially important competitions.

Time: Two days per week on average.

Remuneration: £56,000

Closes: 02 December

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Migration Advisory Committee – Member

“This role is an exceptional opportunity to deliver high quality evidence-based, economics focused reports and advice to ensure that government policy and strategy in relation to migration and employment is based on the best possible evidence and analysis.”

Time: Two days per month

Remuneration: £275 per day.

Closes: 12 January

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Arts Council of Wales – Chair

“The Chair is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Council within the provisions of the Royal Charter, the National Lottery Acts and the terms and conditions of the funding provided by the Welsh Government.”

Time: 2.5 days per week.

Remuneration: £43,810 per annum.

Closes: 01 February

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CDC Group Plc – Non-Executive Director

“CDC and DFID are seeking an exceptional and experienced individual motivated by the private sector mission of CDC and the public service nature of the relationship with CDC’s shareholder, DFID.”

Time: Approx. 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: A fee of £22,000 (gross).

Closes: January/February

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Marine Management Organisation – Board Member

“MMO delivers a wide marine management remit including marine planning, licensing, fisheries management and nature conservation. Board members need to help guide the MMO’s delivery to meet Ministers’ policy priorities and expectations.”

Time: 36 days per annum minimum.

Remuneration: £11,804.

Closes: 04 December

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Scotland Commissioner

“Candidates should be able to demonstrate: a commitment to and knowledge or experience of equality and human rights; knowledge of conditions in Scotland and their relationship to conditions in Great Britain”, et al.

Time: Approx. 1-2 days per month, up to 25 per year.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: Early February