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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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The Law Commission – Chair

“The Chairman of the Commission has a pivotal role both within the Commission and externally. The Chairman, working with the Chief Executive, plays a key part in identifying and responding to the strategic challenges that face the Commission. The Chairman is also the public face of the Commission and can expect to be asked by the media to give interviews. He or she represents the Commission in public and is very much involved in meeting Ministers across Departments in order to gain acceptance of Law Commission proposals. They will also play a substantial role discussing budget and other strategic issues with Ministers and senior officials in the Ministry of Justice.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 14 February

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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 February

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Bank of England – Chair of the Court

“The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. The Court of Directors is responsible for setting and monitoring the Bank’s objectives and strategy, including its financial objectives. Candidates are sought for the role of Chair of Court. All Bank of England Non-Executive Directors are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Chair of Court is designated by the Chancellor from among the Non-Executive Directors. The Chair is of pivotal importance to the Bank’s governance and will continue to play a vital role at a time of continuing change in the Bank functions and organisation. The Chair is expected to work in close partnership with the Governors, other NEDs, senior bank officials and the Treasury.”

Time: Around two days per week.

Remuneration: £48,000 per annum.

Closes: 20 February

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British Library – Chair

“The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. The Court of Directors is responsible for setting and monitoring the Bank’s objectives and strategy, including its financial objectives. Candidates are sought for the role of Chair of Court. All Bank of England Non-Executive Directors are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Chair of Court is designated by the Chancellor from among the Non-Executive Directors. The Chair is of pivotal importance to the Bank’s governance and will continue to play a vital role at a time of continuing change in the Bank functions and organisation. The Chair is expected to work in close partnership with the Governors, other NEDs, senior bank officials and the Treasury.”

Time: Around two days per week.

Remuneration: £35,180 per annum.

Closes: 22 February

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Social Mobility Commission – Chair

“This is an exciting opportunity to fundamentally shape the social mobility agenda. The Chair leads the Social Mobility Commission, shaping its direction and priorities, and ensuring that it fulfils its remit, as set out in legislation. You will: utilise the knowledge and experience of the other Commissioners, actively engaging them with the business of the Commission; oversee major research reports and publications, including the Commission’s Annual Report, which is laid before parliament; build effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including Ministers, senior government officials and experts in the field (including engaging Ministers in the Commission’s priorities and, potentially, being asked to advise Ministers on particular issues); be an advocate for the social mobility agenda, holding to account and challenging key institutions; and be the public spokesperson for the Commission, regularly speaking at events and to the media.”

Time: Approx days per month.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses.”

Closes: 25 February

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Interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation – Chair

“Advances in the uses of data are transforming our lives in positive and powerful ways. From our health, our economic productivity and our everyday social interactions, data-driven technologies are having profound consequences across all aspects of our lives. The associated economic benefits are huge and growing, with estimates suggesting that the uptake of AI technologies could add up to 10 per cent to GDP by 2030… Our task is to harness this technology for the common good: to promote its benefits, support innovation, and mitigate the risks so it works for all. For the UK to lead the world in digital and data-driven technologies, we must ensure we have a governance regime that fully supports both ethical and innovative uses of these technologies. The UK already benefits from a world-class regulatory regime. We must build on this by ensuring we understand and respond to the rapidly evolving ways in which uses of data are impacting our lives.”

Time: 2-3 days per week.

Remuneration: “An appropriate rate.”

Closes: 28 February

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