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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Natural Capital Committee – Members

The NCC provides “independent expert advice on the state of English natural capital”, and applicants will be ” leaders in their fields to provide a broad range of experience and expertise across the fields of economics, natural and social sciences, accounting, statistics, data, private sector and both local and national delivery.”

Time: Approx. 24 days per annum.

Remuneration: £300 per day honorarium plus reasonable expenses.

Closes: 04 January

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Information Commission – Commissioner

“This is a demanding, politically sensitive and high profile role, which would ideally be filled by someone with an understanding of EU legislation and institutions; and an understanding of Whitehall and the wider public sector.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £140,000 per annum.

Closes: 05 January

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NHS Improvement – Non-Executive Directors

“NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), and patient safety and improvement functions from across the NHS framework, under one single leadership and operating model, and a single board.”

Time: Two to three days per month.

Remuneration: £7,833 per annum / £13,137 for the Audit Committee chair.

Closes: 07 January

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National Gallery – Trustees

The role of the Board of the Gallery includes responsibility for the Gallery’s statutory functions; the provision of overall leadership and development of strategy. It ensures that high standards of corporate governance are maintained and that the Gallery has effective control systems, decision making processes and management in place.”

Time: One to two days per month.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 08 January

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Ordnance Survey – Chair

The new Chair will lead the Board through a period of significant change, further developing and refining the OS’s strategy, including its plans for product innovation, digital development, identifying appropriate opportunities for growth and supporting the open data agenda.”

Time: Four to five days per week.

Remuneration: Up to £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 08 January

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Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee Non-Executive Director

The Regulation Committee has statutory responsibility for exercising HCA’s powers as the regulator of social housing in England.  The Committee exercises these powers on an independent basis.”

Time: Approx. Two days per month.

Remuneration: £11,000 per annum.

Closes: 11 January

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Land Registry – Chair

The new Chair will need to bring a substantial track record of business leadership through a period of significant change and growth, and the ability to develop a Board. They will also bring complementary knowledge, experience and skills to the Land Registry Board.

Time: “Average two days per week.”

Remuneration: Up to £55,000 per annum.

Closes: 12 January

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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: Minimum 36 days per annum.

Remuneration: £11,804.

Closes: 18 January

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Environment Agency – Board Member

Environment Agency Board members have an essential role in setting the strategic direction and providing stewardship of the environmental outcomes and £1bn of public funds entrusted to the Environment Agency.

Time: Four to five days per month.

Remuneration: Up to £21,000 per annum.

Closes: 25 January

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Healthwatch England Committee – Chair

Candidates will have knowledge or experience, ideally in the private sector, of consumer/user involvement in the design, delivery and improvement of services, be an effective public communicator and have the ability to lead and support a network of local organisations.

Time: Up to two days per week.

Remuneration: Up to £30,000 per annum.

Closes: 25 January

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