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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Crown Commercial Service – Non-Executive Chair

“Your role is not to take executive decisions but to provide external advice and expertise to help inform the decision making process. You will provide effective governance oversight through the CCS Board and will add value by offering independent, constructive challenge towards the strategic direction and performance of the Crown Commercial Service.”

Time: Approximately 3 days per month.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 22 February

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Valuation Tribunal for England – President

“The President leads and develops the volunteer Tribunal membership. This includes allocating responsibilities to vice-presidents and managing their roles; motivating and maintaining the enthusiasm of all members; and establishing appropriate systems for mentoring and appraisal.”

Time: Up to three days per week.

Remuneration: Calculated pro rata from a full-time basis of £106,040 per annum.

Closes: 24 February

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Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee – External Member

“This is a high profile and influential role, requiring strong and proven economic and analytical skills. Candidates must demonstrate that they have used their economic expertise operating at a very senior level in business, financial markets, a policymaking environment or academia – as a leader in their chosen profession or field of economics.

Time: Three days per week on average for a three-year term.

Remuneration: £137,787 per annum.

Closes: 25 February

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Royal Mint Advisory Committee – Art Historian

“The purpose of the role is to play an active part in raising the standard of numismatic art in Britain, through judging artwork submitted, offering constructive comments on how it can be amended, suggesting suitable means of briefing artists and suggesting new artists to become involved in the design of coins and medals.”

Time: Four meetings per annum for a five-year term.

Remuneration: Expenses only.

Closes: 26 February

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Royal Mint Advisory Committee – Museums Sector Member

“The member will be expected to attend meetings of the Committee where, upon reaching consensus, design proposals will be forwarded for approval to the government department concerned before being passed on to the Palace for royal approval.”

Time: Four meetings per annum for a five-year term.

Remuneration: Expenses only.

Closes: 26 February

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RAF Museum Board of Trustees – Member

“A candidate for Board Member of the RAF Museum should be a person passionate about the Royal Air Force and willing/able to devote time and expertise, on a voluntary unpaid basis, to safeguard the aims and objectives of the Museum.”

Time: Twenty days per annumapprox.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 26 February

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Companies House – Non-Executive Director, Legal Expertise

Role requires “experience in the legal field, preferably including European and/or company law, to provide the board with insights relevant to the increasing complexity of legal and compliance issues which CH is facing.”

Time: 20 days per annum,

Remuneration: £11,000

Closes: 29 February

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Companies House – Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee

Role requires “extensive experience in the field of finance” and “experience as a partner in an accountancy practice, or at an equivalent level elsewhere in the private sector.”

Time: 24 days per annum.

Remuneration: £13,200 per annum.

Closes: 29 February

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National Employment Savings Trust – Trustee Members

“The NEST Trustee Board is collectively responsible for running the NEST pension scheme and setting the strategic direction and objectives for the organisation. The Board is entirely comprised of Trustee Members. NEST Corporation is a Non-Departmental Public Body, accountable to Parliament for the effective performance of its statutory functions.”

Time: 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: “£19,050, based on 30 days annual commitment (£635 a day).”

Closes: 07 March

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Civil Justice Council – Members

“The role of the Trustees is to establish SMG’s policy, have overall responsibility for financial decision-making, review performance and endorse appointments to key management positions. The Trustees assist the Chairman and the Executives of the Science Museum Group in delivering its statutory objectives and in formulating and implementing its other strategic aims.”

Time: Minimum 8 days per annum.

Remuneration: Travel expenses.

Closes: 14 March

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