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

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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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British Council – Chair

The British Council seeks an inspirational Chair to head the UK’s leading international cultural relations charity. He/she will play a prominent role in representing the British Council’s interest to key stakeholders in the UK and across the 110 countries in which it operates.

Time: 80 to 100 days per annum; extensive travel.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 08 January

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Forestry Commission – Non-Executive Commissioner

Amongst other responsibilities, the successful candidate will: “Serve as Board member of the England National Committee; Serve as a Forestry Commissioner with special responsibility for England; [and] chair the Forestry Commission England Audit and Risk Assurance Committee”.

Time: Approx. 28 days per annum.

Remuneration: £11,334.

Closes: 08 January

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Natural History Museum – Trustees

“A Trustee with expertise in property management and/or construction, and with experience of fundraising for large capital projects./A Trustee with experience of scientific research and the ability to communicate science research to general audiences.”

Time: Four meetings a year, one training day, and sundry additional duties.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 11 January

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Civil Procedure Rule Committee – Lay Advice Member

“The CPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997. Members of the Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this body.”

Time: Minimum of nine days per annum.

Remuneration: “Out of pocket expenses, including travel”.

Closes: 11 January

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Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues, and Organs – Chair

“SaBTO advises UK Health Departments and Ministers on the safety of Blood for transfusion, on organs, cells (including stem cells and gametes, in liaison with the regulatory bodies) and tissues for transplantation, and risk management options. The Chair shall ensure that SaBTO adheres to its Terms of Reference and Code of Practice and thereby maintains the public service values of accountability, probity and openness.

Time: Approx. Up to ten days per annum.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 12 January

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Health and Safety Executive – Chair

“Key responsibilities include: providing clear, strategic leadership to the Board… Reviewing and setting the strategic direction… Acting as the Ambassador for the organisation.. .[and] building constructive and effective relationships at a strategic level with DWP and its Ministers.”

Time: Three days per week on average.

Remuneration: £84,000

Closes: 15 January

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Senior Salaries Review Body – Judicial Specialist Member

The independent Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) advises the Prime Minister, Secretaries of State, the Lord Chancellor and other top-level decision-makers on the remuneration of senior civil servants, the judiciary, very senior managers in the NHS, the senior military, police and crime commissioners and chief police officers.”

Time: Approximately 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £300 per diem.

Closes: 20 January

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Church Buildings Council – Members

“The Church Buildings Council is responsible for setting policy and giving advice on the care and development of church buildings. The Council campaigns, raises significant funding for church buildings… Where appropriate it gives formal advice on proposals of high significance or controversy”.

Time: 12 days per annum.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 22 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