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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Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – Chair

“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. This is an exciting, challenging, and high-profile post. To be successful you will need to bring scientific authority, knowledge, and breadth to gain and maintain the respect and confidence of stakeholders, including Ministers, senior government officials, the scientific community, public health practitioners and law enforcement. ”

Time: Twenty days per annum.

Remuneration: Travel expenses.

Closes: 04 July

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Higher Education Funding Council for England – Non-Executive Board Member

“Board members will be involved in, and responsible for, developing policies and ensuring that the projects, programmes and activities undertaken by HEFCE are consistent with the overall provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and any succeeding statutory provision, following guidance or directions issued by the Secretary of State.”

Time: Approx. 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £5,000 per annum.

Closes: 04 July

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Home Office/BIS – 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.

Remuneration: £130,000 per annum, pro rata.

Closes: 04 July

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Economic and Social Research Council – Members

“Council members are drawn from the academic and wider communities served by the Council. They should be able to reflect and express authoritatively the perspective and views of their research or user community, while contributing corporately to the Council’s successful pursuit of its mission.”

Time: 20-25 days per annum.

Remuneration: £6850 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 05 July

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Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – High Commissioner on National Minorities (UK Candidate)

“The UK is looking for a candidate to be nominated as the High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The successful candidate will then face selection for the appointment by consensus of all the OSCE’s 57 participating states.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: Approx. €180,000 per annum.

Closes: 05 July

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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: 07 July

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Imperial War Museums – Trustee

Members of the Board have corporate responsibility for the general management and control of the Museum, subject to the terms set out in the Imperial War Museum Acts (1920 and 1955), subsequent amending legislation and other governing documents. It is their responsibility also to ensure that the Museum complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds.”

Time: Up to one day per month.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 07 July

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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: Up to £92,990 per annum.

Closes: 08 July

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Commission for Local Administration in England – Local Government Ombudsman and Chair

“As Local Government Ombudsman and Chair, your leadership role includes the effective discharge of your personal authority to investigate complaints as well as being the external ambassador for the organisation. You will also take the lead in ensuring learning from complaints improves local service provision and the development of sound local complaints handling.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: £120-140,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Closes: 10 July

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Cabinet Office – What Works National Adviser

“The What Works National Adviser will provide direct advice to Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and other leaders in Government on what good evidence shows to be both effective and cost-effective in delivering policy outcomes. As Chair of the What Works Council, the postholder will ensure that the roll out of What Works is delivered at pace and that centres meet the high standards required to be accredited and remain as designated centres.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: £540 per diem.

Closes: 17 July

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