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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Homes and Communities Agency Board – Chair

“The HCA will be key to the successful delivery of these housing ambitions, outside of London. The Chair will play a crucial role in leading the organisation through a transformational period while continuing to deliver on the Government’s housing priorities.”

Time: Six days per month.

Remuneration: £56,300

Closes: 23 May

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Committee on Standards in Public Life – Member

“Members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life have collective responsibility for its operation and are expected to contribute fully to the work of the Committee. They must be able and willing to: engage fully in collective consideration of issues and formulation of recommendations taking account of the full range of relevant factors; contribute to drafting of reports and position papers; and ensure that the work of the Committee is open and transparent, in particular by appearing at public meetings and evidence sessions.”

Time: Two days per month on average.

Remuneration: £240 per diem.

Closes: 23 May

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UK Government Investments – Board Chair, UK Export Finance

“UK Export Finance is the UK’s export credit agency, helping firms minimise the financial risks of overseas trade. We work closely with exporters, banks, buyers and project sponsors and have more than 90 years’ experience of supporting exports to, and investments in, markets across the world.”

Time: Three to four days per month.

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 23 May

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UK Government Investments – Non-Executive Director, UK Export Finance

“As a Non- Executive Director you will bring an external, independent perspective to our operations based on private sector experience and expertise in key areas, including: financial risk management; trade/export finance; and accounting and audit. You would be a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, as well as the main Board of UK Export Finance.”

Time: “You will be expected to prepare for and attend 8-9 Board meetings per annum plus a smaller number of committee meetings.”

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 23 May

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Migration Advisory Committee – Chair

“As Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) you will oversee the operation and output of the Committee that provides transparent and independent advice to the Government to inform policy and strategy on migration issues. In addition, your role will be to ensure that the MAC’s decisions are based on the best possible evidence and analysis.”

Time: Two days per week.

Remuneration: £40,000 per annum.

Closes: 31 May

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Environment Agency – Chair

“You will be an advocate for the environment and an effective, innovative and visible leader with a proven track record of leading complex organisations through major change. Alongside excellent ambassadorial skills and the ability to manage media and parliamentary scrutiny, you’ll be a team player who is able to create consensus to deliver shared goals and top class customer service.”

Time: Three days per week.

Remuneration: £100,000 per annum.

Closes: 01 June

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency – Non-Executive Chair

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is seeking a Non-Executive Chair to play a major role in leading the organisation through a period of transformational change. The Non-Executive Chair will help provide the Agency with a more commercial focus, champion the UK Ship Register, promote the government’s wider maritime offer, and work with Ministers to deliver long-term changes that will boost customer service, commercial responsiveness and reduce costs to Government.”

Time: Up to 40 days per annum.

Remuneration: £600 per diem.

Closes: 06 June

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Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England – External Member

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

Time: Average 23 days per quarter.

Remuneration: £92,990 per annum.

Closes: 08 June

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Independent Parole Board – Members

“The key task of all members of the Parole Board is to make rigorous, fair and timely risk assessments about individual cases which have the primary aim of protecting the public and which contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders where appropriate. Primarily you will undertake paper panels individually and oral hearings with colleagues but you will also have the opportunity to develop other roles within the Parole Board.”

Time: 115 days per annum.

Remuneration: Fee paid.

Closes: 08 June

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Crown Commercial Service – Small Business Panel Member

“The Small Business Panel was established in 2011 to advise the Coalition Government on how to help more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) win public sector contracts. The Government has set a target that 33% of central government spend on goods and services should flow directly or indirectly to SMEs by 2020. The Small Business Panel is now being refreshed to support this aim and to help government get best value from small businesses.”

Time: “Meetings are held quarterly in London and last approximately 2-3 hours.”

Remuneration: “This role is entirely voluntary and there is no remuneration.”

Closes: 10 June