Four 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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Institute for Apprenticeships – Chair

“The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction to the shadow Institute during a critical phase in its development pre-April 2017. The Chair will be a strong figurehead and ambassador for the organisation, delivering its vision. The role will involve developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute. The Chair must at all times observe the highest standards of probity, impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to management of the organisation and when making strategic decisions, ensuring that high standards or corporate governance are observed at all times.”

Time: 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £140,000 pro rata.

Closes: 26 October

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UK Statistics Authority – Chair

“The Chair is responsible for providing support, oversight and guidance to the National Statistician, in their role as the Chief Executive of the Authority. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the Authority Board, Permanent Secretary of the Department, head of the Office for National Statistics and the leader of the wider Government Statistical Service. The UK Statistics Authority Board defends the public interest in statistics and holds the National Statistician to account.”

Time: Two and a half days per week.

Remuneration: £71,250 per annum.

Closes: 28 October

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Non-Executive Commissioners

“The key role of the Commissioners is to set a clear strategic direction for the Commission and drive continuous improvement in its performance. We are seeking to appoint Commissioners who can demonstrate a commitment to, and knowledge or experience of, equality and/or human rights. We are particularly seeking to appoint a Commissioner who has experience or knowledge relating to religion or belief.”

Time: Approx 1-2 days per month.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 01 November

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – Chair

Accountable for a total planned expenditure of £3.2 billion (2016/2017), the candidate will have a collaborative approach and be focused on the long term. They will have a style and personality which will fit with the other Members of the Board and Government stakeholders. They must be committed to spending the time that is necessary to become an effective team oriented board member, including familiarising themselves with the breadth of stakeholders and NDAs activities.

Time: Up to 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £150,000 per annum.

Closes: 11 November

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Electoral Commission – Electoral Commissioner for Wales

“You will be an important ambassador for the Commission in Wales, building relationships with senior political and local government stakeholders, appearing before Committees of both the UK Parliament and the National Assembly, and from time to time as required representing the views of the Commission to the media. You will work closely with the Head of the Wales Office to develop our strategy, acting as a sounding board for the team… [and] will be the Chair of the Electoral Commission’s Wales Advisory Group (which was established after the May 2016 elections), and the Wales Assembly Parties Panel.”

Time: 4-5 days per month.

Remuneration: £374 per diem.

Closes: 11 November

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Office of the Schools Adjudicator – Schools Adjudicator

Schools Adjudicators make legally binding decisions on a range of school matters. Most frequently they deal with objections to and referrals of admission arrangements. Adjudicators also make decisions and give advice in relation to securing places for children who need them; resolve disputes about school land and make decisions in certain circumstances about school organisation matters. The appointment will be for a period of three years and the first year will be probationary.

Time: Part-time, 60 days per annum minimum.

Remuneration: £355 per diem away from home/£58 per hour at home.

Closes: 18 November

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Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee – Chair

“The VAPC Chairperson and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year and members are expected to be involved in a wide ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out above. Suitable candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds and, whilst knowledge of service life would be useful, it is not necessary.”

Time: 2-4 meetings per annum.

Remuneration: Voluntary.

Closes: 20 November