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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Channel 4 Corporation – Non-Executive Directors

“The successful candidates will demonstrate strategic thinking, vision and exceptional interpersonal skills, with a good understanding of the importance of strong governance. For all roles, experience of digital media and/or harnessing new technology to engage more effectively with younger audiences would be an advantage.  The Deputy Chair role will become vacant at the end of 2017. Applicants for these non-executive roles, together with existing board members, will be eligible to apply for the role of Deputy Chair when the role is vacant.”

Time: Up to two days per month.

Remuneration: “Appropriate”, along with “reasonable” expenses.

Closes: 18 July

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Planning Inspectorate – Chair of the Board

“The Chair’s role is to support the Chief Executive and leadership team in providing strategic direction and confident, clear and consistent leadership to PINS. The Chair, working with the Board and the Chief Executive, will need to ensure that PINS has strategies and plans in place to deliver service transformation, manage risk and support housing delivery. This will require someone with strategic thinking, leadership and influence; who is comfortable with complexity and scrutiny.”

Time: 2.5 days per month approx.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 24 July

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National Citizen Service Trust – Chair

“This is an extraordinary opportunity. The successful individual will have the chance to lead NCS through a period of organisational change and beyond, to advocate and communicate with energy and commitment, and to achieve great value for money. The successful candidate must demonstrate a keen appreciation of the needs of young people and the importance of social cohesion, social mobility and civic engagement. They should be committed to championing diversity and ensuring that the benefits of NCS are available to the widest range of young people.”

Time: Up to eight days per month.

Remuneration: £400 per diem, up to £40,000 per annum.

Closes: 28 July

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Ministry of Defence – Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea

“The Governor chairs the Board of Commissioners which provides policy and governance. The Governor is not engaged in the day to day management of the RHC: this, and the detailed interpretation of policy set by the Board of Commissioners, is the full time responsibility of the CEO and the RHC Executive Board. The Governor is expected to keep informed on the work of the Executive and thus is able to give advice and strategic direction on behalf of the Commissioners, especially on novel and contentious matters which may require particular Board of Commissioner consideration.”

Time: See entry.

Remuneration: £65,000 per annum, minus 16.5 per cent accommodation charge.

Closes: 31 July

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Office for Students – Board Member

“Essential criteria: ability to develop and drive forward a clear and strategic vision for the organisation; genuine interest in contributing to the delivery of the Government’s priorities for higher education and effective running of OfS; the ability to contribute, influence and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders both in formal environments (such as Board meetings) and in less formal environments (such as one-to-one meetings with Executives); [and] candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgement and high levels of integrity.This as part of a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life).”

Time: 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.

Closes: 02 August

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Defence Science Expert Committee – Chair

“Membership of Defence Science Expert Committee (DSEC) is an important and exciting opportunity to contribute to UK-led Defence Science and Technology. DSEC is the MOD key source of independent advice on non-nuclear science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics issues. It is an Expert Committee reporting to the MOD CSA and supporting the derivation and delivery of the Department’s Science and Technology Strategy. DSEC comprises an Independent Chair supported by up to 10 Independent Members drawn from senior academic and industrial communities.”

Time: 20-25 days per annum.

Remuneration: £465 per diem plus reasonable expenses.

Closes: 09 August