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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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: 05 September

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Office of Rail and Road – Chair

“The new Chair of ORR will lead a high-performing board to set the ORR’s strategic direction and priorities, effectively challenging the organisation to achieve better outcomes for rail and road users. He/she will be instrumental in developing the regulatory approach to support the future shape of the rail industry with a greater focus on improving the experience of passengers and other end-users through taking forward effective route devolution within Network Rail. Working with the Chief Executive, he/she will visibly represent ORR externally, building relationships with stakeholders within government, the rail and road industries, and their customers.”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: £80,000 per annum.

Closes: 06 September

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Science and Technology Facilities Council – Executive Chair

“As part of UK Research and Innovation’s Executive Committee, the Executive Chair will have a critical role in sustaining the excellence of UK research and innovation and increasing its social and economic impact. The STFC Executive Chair will lead nearly 2,000 scientists operating world-leading science facilities across 6 sites in the UK, develop the council’s campuses, manage the UK’s participation in major international facilities, and champion and increase the impact of particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics research.”

Time: Five days per week, flexible working available.

Remuneration: Dependent “on skills and experience”.

Closes: 08 September

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Medical Research Council – Executive Chair

“We are seeking an inspirational medical scientist with international standing and a proven track record to lead the Medical Research Council (MRC) as its Executive Chair, once it becomes one of the nine Councils of UK Research and Innovation in April 2018. As part of UK Research and Innovation’s Executive Committee, the Executive Chair will have a critical role within UK Research and Innovation and in championing and increasing the impact of medical research. The MRC’s Executive Chair may also be responsible for leading and delivering one or more cross cutting area for UK Research and Innovation, on behalf of all the Councils.”

Time: Five days per week, flexible working available.

Remuneration: Dependent “on skills and experience”.

Closes: 08 September

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Ofqual/Ofsted – Board Members

“The Secretary of State for Education is seeking to appoint up to 5 members to the Board of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and up to 4 members to the Board of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). We are seeking a diverse and experienced range of Board members who can help set the strategic direction for these 2 important organisations. Successful candidates will bring top level management and/or board experience, alongside the ability to provide strategic leadership and oversee performance.”

Time: “Up to”/”in the region of” 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £6,000 and £8282 per annum respectively.

Closes: 08 September

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Ofcom – Chair

“The Chair will be expected to: provide leadership to the Board during a period of both change and growth in its membership, bringing together the diverse perspectives and experiences of other Board members to oversee the discharge of Ofcom’s statutory functions, and in particular the operational delivery of the conclusions of the Digital Communications Review and a regulatory framework for the BBC; and be the most senior representative of Ofcom to its various stakeholders, including its licensees, other regulated entities, the United Kingdom Government and Parliament and the devolved National Governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (working with the relevant Nations’ Board members).”

Time: Three days per week.

Remuneration: “Appropriate”.

Closes: 15 September

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British Transport Police Authority – Chair

“We are looking to appoint a new Chair who, by building on the strong record of the previous Chair, can provide effective and visible leadership skills which results in the delivery of strong outcomes for the railway. At a critical time for our national security, the new Chair will be responsible for ensuring that the BTPA supports and challenges the BTP so that it maximises its essential contribution to the security of Great Britain’s railways. They will also be responsible for leading the BTPA through an orderly and timely transfer of the BTP’s functions in Scotland to Police Scotland by April 2019 and for ensuring that the BTP engages positively with the challenge set by the 2015 Spending Review to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the BTP without any negative impacts on the operational effectiveness of the Force.”

Time: 60 days per annum.

Remuneration: £32,000 per annum.

Closes: 15 September

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High Speed Two Ltd – Non-Executive Directors

“HS2 Ltd is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department for Transport and is also established as a Companies Act company, limited by guarantee. It is charged with developing proposals for and promoting HS2… HS2 Ltd is at a pivotal point in its development, transitioning from an advisory and project planning organisation to becoming the delivery body that will build and ultimately operate the railway.   The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive board members to the HS2 Ltd Board, with specific experience of delivering very large infrastructure projects and/or property development and regeneration, with the aim of increasing the level of commercial expertise, challenge and Board knowledge of a very large project delivery”.

Time: Two days per months.

Remuneration: £950 per day plus expenses.

Closes: 15 September

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Charity Commission – Chair

“The Charity Commission is the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales. Its role is to register and regulate the charities in England and Wales, and to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. A non-Ministerial Department, it is based across four sites, employing approximately 300 staff and in 2016/17 had a budget of £21.5 Million. Its current Strategic Plan comes to an end in 2018. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a new Chair to the Charity Commission for England and Wales.”

Time: Two and a half days per week.

Remuneration: £62,500 per annum.

Closes: 22 September

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St Chad’s College – Chair of the Governing Body

“St Chad’s is an independent college within Durham University and aims to be an academically excellent community, hospitable and values driven, respected for its ethos of social justice, taking faith seriously – rooted in the Anglican tradition – and embracing diversity with a generosity of spirit. We are seeking a new hair of our Governing Body as our present Chair, Mr Jonathan Blackie CBE, retires after 8 years in post.”

Time: Eight meetings per annum minimum, five-year term.

Remuneration: Expenses.

Closes: 26 September

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