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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 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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Parole Board – Chair

“The Parole Board plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by ensuring public protection and in supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners. The recent publicity surrounding the Board’s decision in the case of Worboys demonstrates the high degree of scrutiny and accountability required of the Chair. The position of Chair is challenging, demanding and rewarding and requires an exceptional individual to provide first class leadership. To be successful in the role, the Chair will need to be able to: provide strong leadership to Parole Board members and staff; build diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the organisation; ensure the independence of the Board whilst developing and maintaining strong relationships with Ministers; the Justice Committee; senior MoJ Officials and; a wide range of stakeholders in the criminal justice system.”

Time: Up to 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 19 June

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Single Financial Guidance Body – Non-Executive Director

“In October 2016 the Government announced that it plans to replace the three current guidance organisations – The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS), Pension Wise and the Money Advice Service (MAS), with a single public body, offering debt advice, money and pensions guidance – the Single Financial Guidance Body (SFGB). The Department of Work & Pensions now wishes to appoint up to four NEDs to support the launch and running of the SFGB. We are seeking up to four candidates with the right skills and abilities to work effectively in both the establishment and running of the new organisation.”

Time: Up to 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 24 June

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Office for Students – Student Experience Board Member

“Student interests are at the heart of our reforms and it is essential that the student perspective is represented in the governance of the OfS. With this in mind, the primary legislation sets out the requirement for OfS members to (between them) have experience of representing or promoting the interests of individual students, or students generally, on higher education courses. This is a responsibility of the Board as a whole. We are seeking to appoint one Board member with the right specific skills and experience to help strengthen the overall ability of the OfS Board to discharge this duty. This person must have experience of representing or promoting the interests of individual students, or students generally, on higher education courses.”

Time: Up to 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.

Closes: 25 June

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NHS England – Non-Executive Director

“The primary role of Non-Executive Directors is, as a team, to lead in developing the strategy for, and overseeing the work of NHS England by participating fully in the work of the board, both in the context of the board meetings themselves, and more widely. Non-Executive Directors also play a part in representing NHS England externally, alongside the Chief Executive, the Chair and the Executive Director team. The responsibilities of the Non-Executive Directors of NHS England are: working with the Chair and the Executive Board to develop NHS England’s strategy to ensure that it carries out its statutory responsibilities and delivers its mandate, meeting its targets and objectives, and ensuring that the Executive Team is held to account for doing so…”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 03 July

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British Council – Deputy Chair to the Board of Trustees

“Working as a team with the Chair and other Trustees the Deputy Chair will: ensure that the British Council has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction; hold the Executive responsible for delivering these; take responsibility for the organisation’s performance and for its corporate behaviour; ensure that the British Council complies with all legal, regulatory and financial requirements and that corporate governance is of the highest standard; act as guardian of British Council reputation and assets, both tangible and intangible.”

Time: 12-18 days per annum.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 06 July

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Consumer Council for Water – Local Consumer Advocate

“Local Consumer Advocates are formally committee members, but are referred to as LCAs. They are allocated to the Committee that serves the consumers of their local water company. The primary role of a Local Consumer Advocate is to: advise and inform the Board on key consumer issues and to be a presence for the CCWater Board in the region; work with the local team to achieve CCWater’s objectives as set out in our Forward Work Programme; review customer complaint cases about local water companies when asked; from time to time members may be engaged, selectively, on policy development work with members of other committees and staff…”

Time: 4 days per month.

Remuneration: £4,510 plus expenses.

Closes: 08 July

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Centre for Data and Innovation – Board Members

“The use of data and AI is giving rise to complex, fast moving and far reaching economic and ethical issues. Increasingly sophisticated algorithms can glean powerful insights, which can be deployed in ways that influence or even manipulate the decisions we make, or target the services and resources we receive.  Moreover, new economic models are emerging, with data at their core, giving rise to questions around how we best incentivise and facilitate innovative, efficient and fair use of data. We need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to these and other emerging issues. This is why we are establishing the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.  The Centre will identify the measures needed to strengthen and improve the way data and AI is used. This will include promoting best practice and advising on how we address potential gaps in our regulatory landscape.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £300 per diem.

Closes: 11 July

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