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 week 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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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: 14 March

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British Library – Chair

“The British Library Board is a body corporate, ultimately responsible for everything that the Library does. In order for the British Library Board to discharge its responsibilities appropriately and effectively, day-to- day and operational management is delegated to the Chief Executive. The Chair of the British Library Board is responsible for leading the Board in ensuring that the Library: effectively fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties; appropriately exercises its legal powers; is governed effectively, and is accountable to its stakeholders; delivers its services within its funding agreement…”

Time: Around two days per week.

Remuneration: £35,180 per annum.

Closes: 19 March

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Department for Transport – Non-Executive Director

“The Port of Dover is owned by the Dover Harbour Board which is a Trust Port. Trust Ports are autonomous bodies that were created by Acts of Parliament and are controlled by an independent board. They are not Government-owned. Surpluses are reinvested into the port for the benefit of the stakeholders of the Port. The stakeholders are all those using the port, the employees of the port, the local community and all those individuals, organisations and groups having an interest in the operation of the Port. The Dover Harbour Board seeks to appoint a Non-Executive Director, an appointment which will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £26,500 per annum.

Closes: 26 March

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Office of Gas and Electicity Markets – Chair

“The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Its principal objective when carrying out our functions is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers. It does this in a variety of ways including: promoting value for money; promoting security of supply and sustainability, for present and future generations of consumers, domestic and industrial users; the supervision and development of markets and competition; and regulation and the delivery of government schemes.”

Time: “The post-holder will work 3-3.5 days per week (negotiable).”

Remuneration: “The Chair will receive a part-time pay at the rate of £160-170,000 per annum.”

Closes: 26 March

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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: 30 March

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UK Atomic Energy Authority – Chair

“The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is one of the world’s leading research organisations supporting the development of fusion energy. Its primary mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.  Fusion research is managed at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE)… UKAEA has 1180 staff and agency supplied workers, including world-leading scientists and engineers, fostering close links with international partners, industry and academic institutions; it also supports the development of the Culham Science Centre and Harwell science, innovation, technology and business campus.  It is a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).”

Time: 25 days per annum.

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum.

Closes: 04 April

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HS2 Ltd – Chair

“The Chair of the HS2 Ltd Board will be responsible for shaping, challenging and directing the strategy for HS2 Ltd in delivering the requirement, and ensure that the Board, the executive and the organisation operate effectively and responsibly. He/she will lead the Board in holding the executive to account for the effective and efficient delivery of the programme, for building the organisation, and for the overall performance of HS2 Ltd, including: ensuring the Company has robust risk management, internal controls and assurance processes; ensuring efficient and effective use of staff and other resources…”

Time: 3 days per week.

Remuneration: £230-250,000 per annum.

Closes: 06 April

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