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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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Royal Armouries – Chair

“The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as the next chair of the Royal Armouries, to take the Museum forward as this new critical period in its history. The ideal candidate will have a passion for cultural heritage, a commitment to public service, strong commercial acumen and a successful track record in public service, heritage management, or business. This is a very exciting time for the Royal Armouries, having substantially increased its commercial operations, and now in the process of devising a masterplan to transform the museum brand and its offer at the main museum site in Leeds. The successful candidate will be central to taking the Royal Armouries forward and putting it on a long-term sustainable footing, including through playing a key part in raising funds for the museum’s ambitious plans and programme.”

Time: Four days per month approx.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 17 September

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Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner – Commissioner

“The role of the role of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) was established by the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The IASC has a UK-wide remit to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims. The role was created to spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery. Key responsibilities: to work closely with key Government delivery partners to drive a strengthened strategic response in their work to tackle modern slavery and the provision of appropriate support for victims; build positive relationships with and amongst the modern slavery leadership community, including Devolved Administrations, business, academia, civil society, international partners (as well as directly with victims of modern slavery) and facilitate the sharing of good practice in tackling modern slavery…”

Time: Full time.

Remuneration: £108,000-140,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

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Architects Registration Board – Chair

“ARB was established in 1997 by the Architects Act and regulates over 40,000 architects. The Act defines the ARB’s role, the primary features of which are: prescribing – or ‘recognising’ – the qualifications needed to become an architect; keeping the UK Register of Architects; ensuring that architects meet our standards for conduct and practice; investigating complaints about an architect’s conduct or competence; making sure that only people on our Register offer their services as an architect; and acting as the UK’s Competent Authority for architects. The Board has developed a Purpose & Objectives document that informs its approach to ARB’s work and sets the strategy for ARB.  It identifies ARB’s primary purpose as delivering the 1997 Architects Act, and from that Act, two key objectives have been formulated to underpin all of ARB’s work.”

Time: Approx. 20-30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 30 September

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Geospatial Commission – Chair

“The Government is seeking an outstanding leader to Chair the Commission who can appropriately reflect the views of the open data community, business, and the public bodies providing such data. The Chair will lead a Board of eight Commissioners drawn from the private, public, and third sectors to develop an ambitious, sustainable strategy for UK geospatial data, which will drive investment and innovation and boost the whole UK economy. The Commission will be supported by a Geospatial Unit that will act as the secretariat, develop analysis, and help coordinate delivery of the Commission’s recommendations. The establishment of the Commission provides many opportunities as well as challenges, and as such we are seeking a Chair with the ability to make effective strategic decisions quickly, and the energy and enthusiasm to see them through.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: £28,000 per annum plus appropriate expenses.

Closes: 01 October

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London & Continental Railways – Non-Executive Chair

“Positioned on the cusp of the public-private sector, LCR has gained an enviable track record of working in partnership with the private sector and other public bodies to deliver large scale, world class regeneration projects enabled by rail infrastructure, most notably at King’s Cross and Stratford, and more recently at Mayfield in Manchester. LCR is forging new relationships across the public and private sectors, and building on its considerable experience is now facilitating development at and around transport hubs and other government assets. Through this approach LCR aims to participate in a range of development and regeneration projects, and strategic partnerships, over the next few years. As such, it needs a world class Chair with excellent skills and experience to help support the Executive team in delivering an ambitious business plan.”

Time: Four days per month.

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 05 October

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Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board – Chair and Members

“The Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board’s (NLFAB) role is to provide advice on and scrutinise the financing plans of decommissioning and waste management for the UK’s new nuclear power plants. The NLFAB will play an important role in the deployment of new nuclear development in the UK. The NLFAB’s responsibilities will be to provide independent advice to the Secretary of State for BEIS on the suitability of the Funding Arrangements Plan (“FAP”) element of an operator’s FDP, and provide advice to BEIS at the following times: submission of the final version of the FDP by the Operator – to inform the Secretary of State’s decision on whether to approve or modify the FDP submitted; quinquennial reviews of an operator’s approved FDP; where changes have been proposed to an approved FAP, including advice on modifications proposed by the Secretary of State; and as and when requested by BEIS.”

Time: <25 days per annum, subject to change.

Remuneration: £750/£550 per diem.

Closes: 07 October

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Social Work England – Non-Executive Board Members

“The Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care are looking to appoint two additional, high quality, non-executive members to the Board of Social Work England. Do you have expertise and ability in data technology or audit and risk? If so, we’d like to hear from you. In addition to having specific skills in one of these areas, you will have a commitment to equality, inclusion and user engagement; the ability to set strategic direction and work collaboratively as part of a team; and previous experience as a non-executive director. You will be required to think strategically and have the ability to positively and constructively influence decisions at senior Board level. You will also be expected to establish consultative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including other regulators, professional associations, training providers and employees, as well the social work profession and users of its services.”

Time: <15 days per annum.

Remuneration: £350 per diem plus expenses

Closes: 12 October

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Big Lottery Fund England – Committee Chair

“The Big Lottery Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is our sponsor department within government and sets policy directions for our funding in England and across the UK. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.  It operate across all four countries of the UK, with the Board delegating oversight for funding in each country to a committee. A fifth funding committee has oversight of its UK funding. Chairs of the country portfolio committees ensure that funding strategy supports the delivery of the Fund’s Strategic Framework and each portfolio reports annually to the Board on its performance.”

Time: ~10 days per annum.

Remuneration: £24,000 per annum plus reasonable expenses.

Closes: 15 October

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