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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Committee on Climate Change – Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee

“The ASC Chairperson will: ensure that the Government’s Programme for adaptation enables the country to prepare the economy, environment and society for climate change… act as the Committee’s figurehead and advocate, both as a member of the Committee on Climate Change, with the Government, Parliament, devolved governments, the media and a wide range of other external stakeholders; sit on the Committee on Climate Change to ensure join up on the work on mitigation and adaptation.”

Time: Five days per month maximum, plus two for Committee membership.

Remuneration: £548 per day plus expenses, £800 fee for Committee membership.

Closes: 23 June

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Children’s Commissioner for England – Advisory Board Member

“The Children’s Commissioner for England has set out her priorities in her 5 year plan – Ambitious for Children. Setting sights high for children, the Commissioner is aiming to deliver demonstrable change for children in England especially the most vulnerable over her 6 years in office. The Commissioner is seeking exceptional individuals to join her Advisory board, to provide strategic insight and advise to support the delivery of the plan.”

Time: Minimum of four meetings per year.

Remuneration: Travel and subsistence expenses.

Closes: 23 June

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Crown Commercial Service – Small Business Panel Member

“Government is seeking around 25 individuals to advise on public procurement affecting small and medium sized businesses via the Small Business Panel. 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.”

Time: Four meetings per year.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 20 June

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Ministry of Defence Police Committee – Chair

“The role of the Committee is to provide an independent assurance that the MDP is delivering policing services in accordance with the MDP Act 1987. The Committee also advises on issues of MOD Police performance management, efficiency and effectiveness. The Police Committee has an independent chair and the membership comprises of a police adviser, independent members and senior MOD officials.”

Time: 25 days per annum.

Remuneration: £600 per diem.

Closes: 24 June

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – Chair

“The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was established in 2005 as a non-departmental public body (NDPB) under the Energy Act (2004) to ensure that the UK’s nuclear legacy sites are decommissioned and cleaned up safely, securely, cost-effectively and in ways that protect people and the environment… The current Chair’s term ends in February 2017 and therefore a new Chair of the highest stature and authority is sought.”

Time: Miminum two days per week.

Remuneration: £150,000 per annum.

Closes: 24 June

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Ministry of Defence – Non-Executive Directors

“As a large organisation the MOD has a number of high-level Boards ranging from the Main Defence Board to boards in each of the MOD’s main delivery organisations; Head Office; Navy Command, Army HQ; Air Command; Joint Forces Command; Defence Equipment and Support; Defence Business Services; and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; each of which is a significant organisation in its own right. The Non-Executive Directors for these offer challenge, mentoring and support to the executive members in carrying out their responsibilities.”

Time: 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: From £12,500 per annum.

Closes: 27 June

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Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – Chair

“The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is one of the most important expert advisory non-departmental public bodies in Government. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 the ACMD has a statutory duty to keep drug misuse in the United Kingdom under review, and to advise the Government on measures for preventing misuse and the resulting health and social problems. The ACMD is also a statutory consultee under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. As Chair of the ACMD, you will set the strategic direction of the Council and oversee the development and delivery of independent and expert advice to Government.”

Time: 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: Travel expenses.

Closes: 04 July

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Department for Business – Director of Labour Market Enforcement

“The Director of Labour Market Enforcement is a new post created by the Immigration Act 2016 to crack down on the serious exploitation of workers. The Director will oversee the relevant enforcement agencies (the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, and the National Minimum Wage Enforcement Team in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) to develop a coherent enforcement strategy for approval by the Home Secretary and Business Secretary.”

Time: Full or part-time, subject to negotiation.

Remuneration: Up to £130 per diem, pro rata.

Closes: 04 July

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