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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UK Anti-Doping – Chair

UKAD is the national organisation dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport. The organisation raises awareness of the issues associated with doping through its extensive education and smart testing programme. It also helps athletes to understand and follow the rules, and prosecute offenders.”

Time: 2/3 days per week on average, some travel.

Remuneration: £33,000 per annum.

Closes: 16 September

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Royal Armouries – Education Trustee

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a Trustee to the Board of the Royal Armouries with expertise in the field of Education. The successful candidate will contribute to the governance of this public body and the delivery of its objectives… The successful candidate may be required to join one or more of the Board’s two sub-committees – the Finance & Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee, or to become a Director of Royal Armouries Trading & Enterprises Ltd.

Time: One day per month on average, some travel.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 16 September

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Victoria & Albert Museum – Trustees

“Trustees are statutorily responsible for the custody of the V&A collections and the overall management of the Museum, under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983. The main functions of the Board are: to care for, preserve and add to the objects in the collections; to secure that the objects are exhibited to the public; to secure that the objects are available to persons seeking to inspect them in connection with study or research; and to generally promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of art, craft and design, both by means of the Board’s collections and by such means as they consider appropriate.”

Time: Two days per month, some travel.

Remuneration: “Reasonable travel expenses”.

Closes: 19 September

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Commonwealth Scholarship Commission – Commissioner

“The core requirements of Commissioners are to: attend full Commission meetings (normally three half days per year); contribute actively to at least one Commission committee (currently finance, awards policy, evaluation and monitoring, and audit and risk management); and play an active role in the selection process, which should involve attending at least three to four selection committee meeting each year, totalling six to seven days’ work including reading time.”

Time: Up to 11 days per annum.

Remuneration: £250 honorarium per meeting, plus travel expenses.

Closes: 22 September

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NHS Litigation Authority – Non-Executive Director

As a NED of the NHSLA you will be responsible for the good governance of the organisation, including the expenditure of considerable sums of public money. You will ensure the NHSLA promotes the values of the NHS and places a high priority upon helping the NHS improve the safety of patients. You will play a key role in ensuring the NHSLA meets the needs of member organisations (NHS Trusts, commissioners and other service providers) and is focused upon providing excellent services and good value for money.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 22 September

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Northern Ireland Office – Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

“The arrangements for electoral administration in Northern Ireland are different from elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The system in Northern Ireland is administered centrally by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland who is both the electoral registration officer for all 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland and returning officer for all elections and referendums in that jurisdiction.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £63,994-£78,245 per annum.

Closes: 23 September

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Ofqual – Chair

“Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its primary responsibilities are to maintain standards in regulated qualifications and assessments. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chair who can bring strong leadership and focus to Ofqual, working with the Board, Ministers and the Chief Regulator to provide clear strategic direction.”

Time: Approx. two days per week.

Remuneration: £43,400 per annum.

Closes: 23 September

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UK Research and Innovation – Chief Executive

A new funding body – UK Research and Innovation – is being established to bring together the nine existing Government funding bodies.  UKRI will provide overall strategic direction, representing the sector’s interests globally, and maximising the value of a Government investment in research and innovation which totals more than £6bn per annum. It will ensure that the research and innovation system across the whole of the UK has the strategic capacity, the autonomy, and the agility to maintain our world-leading strength in discovery and innovation.

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: ~£300,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

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