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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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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

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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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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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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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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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