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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NHS Counter-Fraud Authority – Chair

“On 1 November 2017 the NHSCFA, a new special health authority, took over responsibility for tackling fraud and corruption in the NHS in England. The NHSCFA replaced NHS Protect and has been created as a standalone body to provide the independence required to counter fraud and protect resources intended for patient care. The DHSCAFU has overall responsibility for the scope, strategy and direction of all counter fraud activity across the health service. It is also the DHSC sponsor for the NHSCFA. Aligned with the DHSC Health Group Counter Fraud strategy, the NHSCFA acts as the principal lead for the NHS and wider health group in counter fraud intelligence work.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £14,450 per annum.

Closes: 11 April

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Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research – Chair

“The Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR) was established in order to: bring alignment on the MRC, NIHR and other government funders of health research in Scotland & Wales; bring about effective cross-working arrangements whilst maintaining some clarity of the funding landscape; eliminate unnecessary duplication; bring about increased capacity and capability for translational research; and drive stronger partnerships with industry & medical research charity funders. Since 2007, the OSCHR Board has demonstrated a powerful capacity to work across government through collaboration, addressing many of the issues required to ensure a comprehensive health research environment and leading to improved health outcomes and economic growth.”

Time: Up to 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £7,000 per annum.

Closes: 20 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: 23 April

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National Citizen Service Trust – Chair

“Government is committed to the continued development of the NCS programme, with around £1 billion of funding available between 2016/17 and 2019/20. The management of NCS is moving from the existing Community Interest Company to a new Royal Chartered public sector body, with an expected launch date later in 2018. This new organisation will be overseen by a new Board. We are seeking a Chair and non-executive directors to join this new Board. This is an extraordinary opportunity. The successful individual will have the chance to lead NCS through a period of organisational change and beyond, to advocate and communicate with energy and commitment, to achieve great value for money for the taxpayer, and to be responsible for transforming the lives of future generations.”

Time: One or two days per week.

Remuneration: £400 per diem, up to £40,000 per annum.

Closes: 25 April

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Ministry of Justice – Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

“The Ombudsman is responsible for: providing independent and effective investigation of complaints falling within the Ombudsman’s Terms of Reference; investigating all fatal incidents occurring in the services in remit, and producing a written report of every investigation; making recommendations to the services in remit and the appropriate Secretary of State; providing more general findings to the services in remit and the public at large; building effective working partnerships with other independent scrutiny bodies and other relevant agencies; leadership and management of the Ombudsman’s Office; producing an annual report, to be laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State for Justice; and responding to recommendations from the Harris Review into self-inflicted deaths in custody of 18-24 year olds.”

Time: 37 hours per week.

Remuneration: £100,000 per annum.

Closes: 30 April

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Single Financial Guidance Body – Chief Executive

“As Chief Executive and Accounting Officer you will be responsible for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of a large, new and significant guidance body responsible for merging the services of three respected organisations. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the exceptional leadership and management skills required throughout the design and development phase of the new organisation, and for the successful and seamless delivery of key services to consumers during the transitional period. As Chief Executive you will be responsible for working closely with the SFGB Board to provide the vision, direction and leadership in the formulation and achievement of SFGB’s strategies and objectives.”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £175,000 per annum.

Closes: 13 May