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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Gambling Commission – Commissioner

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint two new Commissioners to the Gambling Commission. We are looking to appoint candidates with broadly-based consumer backgrounds. In particular, we are looking for candidates with experience in consumer retail or e-commerce, and with experience in consumer welfare and public health. While all Commissioners have shared responsibilities as Board Members, this appointment is seeking the particular skillsets described in the Person Specification.”

Time: One day per week on average.

Remuneration: £295 per diem plus expenses.

Closes: 10 July

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Land Registry – Non-Executive Board Members

“HM Land Registry is a critical component of national infrastructure. Every time a residential or commercial property is sold or leased Land Registry is involved. This is because Land Registry is legally responsible for keeping a register of land ownership throughout England and Wales and a sale or lease requires Land Registry to change the register for these to be valid… We are looking for three Non-Executive Board Members to strengthen the board. In order to ensure that the Land Registry’s ambitious transformation programme succeeds, it is essential that the board has the right mix of specialist skills and expertise. We are therefore looking for specialist Non-Executive Directors with individual experience of Finance, Legal and Transformation/Digital issues.”

Time: Ten meetings a year.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 10 July

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Ministry of Defence Police Committee – Chair

“To lead the members and work of the committee to ensure effective oversight and governance of the MOD Police (MDP) and, on behalf of the Defence Secretary, to hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering the Departmental mandate for the MOD Police; to demonstrate a clear appreciation of the MOD’s responsibility to set the strategic priorities and budget for the MOD Police, the operational independence of the Chief Constable, and the MOD Police Committee’s role to hold the Chief Constable to account; to meet regularly with the Chief Constable of the MOD Police and the senior team, to provide challenge and to act as a critical friend…”

Time: 25 days per year.

Remuneration: £600 per diem.

Closes: 14 July

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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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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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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