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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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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: 07 December

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Regulatory Policy Committee – Members

“The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It provides independent, expert advice on the quality of analysis and evidence used by departments and regulators in their assessments of economic impact on business from regulatory interventions, including through their advice to Ministers on cross-cutting issues. The Committee ensures transparency and accuracy of measurement of the impacts of regulation. It is an essential part of the better regulation system, providing stakeholders, in particular business, with confidence that the costs and benefits from regulatory change have been properly considered. The Committee is currently formed of the Chair and seven other members. It is supported by a Secretariat based in London.”

Time: See listing.

Remuneration: £350 per diem, up to 40 days per annum.

Closes: 07 December

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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

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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: 03 January

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United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority – Non-Executive 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: 25 days per annum minimum.

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum.

Closes: 04 January

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Disclosure and Barring Service – Chair

“Do you want to play a leading role in safeguarding children and vulnerable groups? If so, you can do this by becoming the Chair of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make better recruitment decisions by identifying applicants who may be unsuitable for certain work involving children or vulnerable adults. The DBS is also responsible for managing and maintaining barred lists which are used to prevent unsuitable people from working in regulated activity with children and vulnerable groups.”

Time: Eight days per month.

Remuneration: £110,000 pro rata.

Closes: 07 January

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Construction Industry Training Board – Chair

“The Chair and the Board will hold the Executive Team to account for the delivery of the organisation’s offer to the construction industry, provide inclusive and dynamic leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the organisation. The Chair will also support and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the organisation to achieve agreed objectives.”

Time: Avg. one day per week.

Remuneration: £22,500 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 19 January

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