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 Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services – Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities in England

“Inspect a number of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, and a number of 45 fire & rescue authorities in England, as determined by the Chief Inspector. This will include: monitoring inspected organisations’ performance; forming a professional assessment of inspected organisation’s performance; identifying problems and challenging inspected organisations and their governing bodies so that the public are not exposed to avoidable risk or harm and can be assured that policing and fire and rescue services are effective and efficient; preparing inspection reports to high corporate standards and presenting findings to the public; and promoting good practice.”

Time: Full-time, fixed-term for five years.

Remuneration: £133,983 minimum.

Closes: 14 January

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Social Work England – Chief Executive Officer

“High quality social work can transform lives. Social workers play an absolutely critical role in society, delivering a range of vital services to vulnerable children, families and adults. Social Work England will be a new specialist regulator for social workers that has an absolute focus on protecting the health and wellbeing of those individuals who need social work support. The credibility of the regulator will depend on its ability to deliver its core regulatory functions effectively and efficiently, supporting and protecting the public from the outset.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: “A highly attractive total reward package, including pension and a basic salary of up to £142,500 per annum.”

Closes: 18 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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Committee on Radioactive Waste Management – Chair

“The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) provides independent scrutiny and advice to UK Government and Devolved Administration Ministers on the long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and disposal. The Committee’s primary task is to provide independent scrutiny on the UK Government’s and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd’s (RWM’s) high profile programme to deliver geological disposal, together with interim storage, for higher activity wastes… The role of the CoRWM Chair is high profile and the Chair may be required to appear before Parliamentary Select Committees. The Chair is also the Committee’s main point of contact with stakeholders and will represent the Committee’s views to both broadcasting and written media (where required).”

Time: Up to 78 days per year.

Remuneration: £450 per diem plus travel and subsistence.

Closes: 19 January

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Intellectual Property Office – Non-Executive Director

“The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is an international organisation which is responsible for setting the agenda and contributing to the wider economy with intellectual property rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright. It has a clear delivery function to operate and maintain a clear intellectual property system in the UK, encouraging innovation and helping 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.”

Time: Around 18 days per annum.

Remuneration: £6000 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 31 January

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – Executive Chair

“We are seeking an inspirational individual with international standing and a proven track record to lead the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 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 engineering and physical sciences. This includes chemistry, engineering, information and communication technologies, advanced materials, mathematical sciences and physics.”

Time: See listing.

Remuneration: To be discussed with individual candidates.

Closes: 02 February