Five 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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Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service – Board Chairman

“The HMCTS Board is responsible for overseeing the leadership and direction of the agency in delivering the aims and objectives set by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice. It plays a vital role in shaping and directing the organisation, ensuring that it is equipped to deliver high quality and cost effective services to court and tribunal users, and continuing to drive forward HMCTS’s six-year programme of reform.”

Time: 25 days per annum.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum.

Closes: 10 November

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Westminster Foundation for Democracy – Independent Governor

“Established in 1992 to support the newly emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), is a leading UK organisation supporting the development of political parties and democratic institutions around the world. WFD designs, develops and implements long-term political party and parliamentary strengthening programmes globally. It works with and through all the Westminster-based political parties, both on a sister party and cross-party basis and has projects and programmes in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as Eastern Europe and the Balkans.”

Time: Four board meetings a year plus 8-10 additional meetings.

Remuneration: Unpaid, reasonable travel costs.

Closes: 12 November

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – Executive Chair

“We are seeking an inspirational individual with international standing and a proven track record to lead the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 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 biotechnological and biological research. The BBSRC’s Executive Chair may also be responsible for leading and delivering one or more cross cutting areas for UK Research and Innovation, on behalf of all the Councils.”

Time: Five days per week.

Remuneration: “Will be discussed with individual candidates”.

Closes: 12 November

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Industrial Injuries Advisory Council – Chair

“The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) is a scientific, advisory, Non-Departmental Public Body. It is a statutory body established under the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1946, which came into effect on 4 July 1948. IIAC’s role is to provide independent advice to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on: matters relating to industrial injuries benefit or its administration that he has referred to the Council; any other matter relating to such benefit or its administration (principally the prescription of diseases within the scheme); and any regulations he proposes to make relating to industrial injuries benefit or its administration.”

Time: 60 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 12 November

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UK Research and Innovation – Council Memberships

“Do you want to play a vital role in the UK’s research and innovation system and a key part in creating a new, ground-breaking organisation? UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that, from 1 April 2018, will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. We intend to be an outstanding organisation that ensures the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. We will do this by creating the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. Each Council is led by an Executive Chair who will be supported by a council of between five and 12 members. The councils will have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping it achieve its strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation.”

Time: Varies.

Remuneration: £6,850 per annum.

Closes: 13 November

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Legal Services Board – Chair

“A lay chair (definition of ‘Lay Member’ at Appendix 1) who is resolutely committed to the concept of regulation in the interest of the public and consumers. Evidence of strong leadership in a high-profile organisation is essential. An understanding of economics and/or senior management, financial, public policy, or communications experience would all be an advantage. As Chair, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the LSB is focused on delivering its statutory remit to oversee a regulatory regime that supports and underpins the delivery of legal services in England and Wales, particularly taking into account the international position of those services and the eight regulatory objectives defined in the Legal Services Act 2007.”

Time: 70 days per annum.

Remuneration: £63,000 per annum, plus travel expenses.

Closes: 16 November

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Intellectual Property Office – Chair

“The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible for intellectual property rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright. It operates and maintains a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. The organisation also helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention. The IPO Steering Board is responsible for advising the CEO and Minister on the overall direction and policies of the IPO. It ensures the IPO delivers on its strategic priorities and that resources are allocated effectively for their delivery. The Steering Board also regularly reviews the management and performance of the IPO and ensures high standards of corporate governance are maintained at all times.”

Time: Approx. 22 days per annum.

Remuneration: £10,000 per annum, plus travel expenses.

Closes: 16 November

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Competition and Markets Authority – Chair

“The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was created in April 2014 to promote competition to benefit consumers, both within the UK and internationally, and ensure that markets operate well for consumers, businesses and the economy. The CMA has established itself domestically and internationally as the UK’s primary competition and consumer body. There will be significant challenges in building on this initial success, as the CMA seeks to continue to meet its challenging target to deliver consumer benefits equivalent to ten times its costs.”

Time: Approx. three days per week.

Remuneration: £140,000-160,000 per annum, plus “reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 16 November

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Social Security Advisory Committee – Chair

“Scrutinising, and where the Committee so decides, reporting on draft regulations entails mastering complex legal and technical detail, as well as understanding the operational context in which legislation will be brought into effect. The Chair will be able to draw on the considerable knowledge and expertise of the Committee membership during the scrutiny process, however they will need to have the capability to pick up on detailed proposals quickly in order that he/she can communicate credibly with Ministers, stakeholders and the media as appropriate.”

Time: Approx. five days per month.

Remuneration: £22,000 per annum.

Closes: 10 December