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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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Social Mobility Commission – Commissioners

“These roles are an exciting opportunity to shape the social mobility agenda over the coming years, helping the achievement of the government’s goal of improving social mobility and acting as an advocate for this important issue. You will: actively engage with the business of the Commission, contributing your knowledge and experience in order to shape and enhance its work; comment on and contribute to the Commission’s major research reports and publications, including its annual report which is laid before Parliament; build and maintain effective working relationships with the Chair, the other Commissioners, and the Secretariat, to ensure that the Commission works effectively to fulfil its remit; act as an advocate for the social mobility agenda, helping to drive a culture of change both within and outside government and building effective relationships with relevant stakeholders; and act as a representative of the Commission, espousing its values and work.”

Time: 1 day per month approx.

Remuneration: £250 per diem plus ‘reasonable expenses’.

Closes: 25 July

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Health Education England – Chair

“Ministers are seeking to appoint a new Chair of Health Education England (HEE). The Chair will lead the HEE Board and play a major role in setting the direction of the organisation. Role and Responsibilities of the the chair: chair a major arms-length body with responsibility for supporting the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place; lead and shape a board that effectively balances executive and non-executive responsibilities, and which ensures strong accountability to the Department. HEE will have a vital role to play, working in close partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, in ensuring that the new long term plan for the NHS and the five year financial settlement for the NHS is underpinned by robust and deliverable workforce planning…”

Time: 2-3 days per week.

Remuneration: £63,000 per annum.

Closes: 30 July

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National Citizen Service Trust – Board Members

“The management of NCS is moving from the existing Community Interest Company to a new Royal Chartered public sector body. 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, and to achieve great value for money. The successful candidate must demonstrate a keen appreciation of the needs of young people and the importance of social cohesion, social mobility and civic engagement. They should be committed to championing diversity and ensuring that the benefits of NCS are available to the widest range of young people.”

Time: Four meetings per annum plus occasional days.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 01 August

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Exports Guarantee Advisory Council – Member

“The EGAC is an Expert Committee which advises the Secretary of State on UKEF’s operations – a background to UKEF is at Annex A. The Council normally provides advice to the Secretary of State through UK Export Finance officials, usually at meetings attended by UK Export Finance’s Chief Executive. The Council addresses its views directly to the Ministers on any subject where it deems it appropriate to do so. It meets with the Minister once a year. In practice, the EGAC primarily concerns itself with providing advice on the ethical policies applied by UKEF in the conduct of its business related to bribery and corruption, the environmental, social and human rights impacts of the projects which it supports, sustainable lending and transparency (including freedom of information).”

Time: Four per year.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 29 July

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East West Rail Comapny – Non-Executive Directors

“East West Railway Company is a new and exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the changing landscape of the rail industry, delivering substantial fast-paced improvement to modernise the railway. East West Rail is a proposed new rail link between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge and potentially beyond. As part of the wider plans for this strategically important corridor, it is one of the most high profile infrastructure projects in the UK today. The new railway will improve local connectivity and serve as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new housing, as well as significantly reducing existing journey times. In the 2017 Budget, it was announced that the East West Railway Company would be established to bring new drive and focus to the project.”

Time: 15-20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 29 July

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