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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Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission – Commissioners

Candidates should have a keen interest in UK-US relations, and a desire to deepen that relationship. Commissioners oversee the Marshall Scholarship, selecting and subsequently advising talented graduates from America.

Time: Minimum 10-15 days per year.

Remuneration: Unpaid, reasonable expenses within the UK and to the US.

Closes: 22 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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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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Adoption Leadership Board – Chair

“The Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) has been jointly developed by the DfE and the local authority and voluntary adoption sectors. Its remit is to drive significant improvements in the performance of the adoption system in England… The DfE is seeking to recruit an independent Chair to provide strong leadership to the ALB”.

Time: Variable, to a maximum of 40 days per annum.

Remuneration:  A daily fee of £400-600 (£200-300 per half day).

Closes: 01 February

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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority – Chair

“The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is the independent statutory body tasked with the regulation and administration of MPs’ business costs and expenses, the payment of the salaries of MPs and their staff and setting MPs’ pay and pensions.

Time: Two days per week on average.

Remuneration: £700 per diem.

Closes: 01 February

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Sentencing Council for England and Wales – Non-Judicial Member

“The Sentencing Council for England and Wales was set up by part four of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary… Members should expect to deal with complex issues concerning the approach to sentencing and the guidance to be issued to courts.

Time: 36 days per annum.

Remuneration: £12,000

Closes: 04 February

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Crown Commercial Service – Crown Representative (Small Medium Enterprise)

“Where some Crown Representatives lead the strategic relationship with a number of suppliers, others take on a ‘cross-cutting role’ managing the relationship with a particular industry group, for example banking or the voluntary sector. The Small Business Crown Representative role falls in this second group.”

Time: One to three days per week.

Remuneration: £500 per diem.

Closes:  04 February

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Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody – Chair

The Chair will: “provide effective and visible leadership of the Panel, working closely with the Panel’s secretariat; determine the Panel’s programme of work, taking into account any views expressed by Ministers or the Ministerial Board; publish relevant reports, including an annual report; and develop and maintain strong links with senior figures, the Ministerial Council’s member organisations and other stakeholders.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: “The Chair receives a non-pensionable honorarium of £15,000 per annum. Reasonable standard travel costs are payable.”

Closes: 05 February

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Animals in Science Committee – Members

“The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.”

Time: Up to 15 days per annum.

Remuneration: “Members are unremunerated; however travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.”

Closes: 05 February

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Low Pay Commission – Chair

“The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body that advises the government about the National Minimum Wage. They submit a report to the government each February making recommendations on the future level of the minimum wage, and related matters.”

Time: Two days per month on average.

Remuneration: “The Chair receives daily remuneration of £530.96 plus reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.”

Closes: 08 February

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