Six 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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Health and Care Professions Council – Chair of Council

“We are seeking to appoint a Chair of Council. You will have experience of providing strong non-executive leadership and be able to uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in all of the HCPC’s activities. You will act as an ambassador for the HCPC, influencing and building effective relationships internally and externally with a range of senior level stakeholders, inspiring confidence in the organisation and promoting the organisation’s central commitment to public protection. The Chair of Council appointment is open to both Lay and Registrant candidates. The HCPC is committed to equality of opportunity and actively guards against unfair discrimination on any grounds (including sexual orientation, religion or beliefs, race, sex, age or disability). We are a UK-wide regulator and encourage applicants from all countries of the UK.”

Time: Three days per week approx.

Remuneration: £65,000 annual allowance.

Closes: 19 November

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Sheffield City Region – Chair

“The Sheffield City Region (SCR) comprises the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Mayoral Combined Authority. Covering nine local authority districts, the City Region is home to 1.8 million residents with an annual economic output of over £34bn and over 68,000 businesses. We are a core part of the Northern Powerhouse and a key driver of economic growth within the North. We are an enterprising and business-focused City Region with a reputation for delivery. Our strong private – public partnership is founded on good governance and collaboration. Together, we are building a thriving, super-connected and successful economy. Our ambitious vision to develop a Global Innovation Corridor as an incubator of industry and talent, is firmly rooted in our strengths in advanced manufacturing and engineering. Raising the profile of the Global Innovation Corridor is a key priority for the LEP.”

Time: 4-5 days per month.

Remuneration: “Reasonable expenses”.

Closes: 23 November

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Security Vetting Appeals Panel – Chair

“The Security Vetting Appeals Panel is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with advisory functions, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, established in July 1997. It hears appeals against the refusal or withdrawal of national security vetting clearance and is available to all those in the public and private sectors and in the Armed Forces who have exhausted internal appeal processes and remain dissatisfied with the outcome. The Panel is a quasi-judicial body and comprises a Chair, a Deputy Chair and eight lay Members. Due to the nature of the Panel’s work, the Chair and Deputy Chair positions require them to have current or recent senior judicial experience (usually at High Court or Appeal Court level). The Panel conducts hearings and makes non-binding recommendations to Heads of Organisations (or equivalent). Cases are normally heard by a panel of three, consisting of the Chair or Deputy Chair supported by two lay Members. The Panel is supported by a small Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.”

Time: 15-20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £240 per diem plus travel and subsistence.

Closes: 25 November

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Met Office – Non-Executive Directors

“The Met Office employs around 1900 people in sites across the UK and overseas. It operates as a Trading Fund, meaning that, whilst it is sponsored by HM Government, it self-funds through the services it provides to its diverse client base. The Met Office steering Board has a vital role in advising and supporting the Chief Executive and the Executive Team to deliver the organisation’s strategic priorities and ensuring that resources are allocated effectively for their delivery. The Board reviews the management and performance of the Met Office and ensures high standards of corporate governance are maintained… As a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the Met Office Board, you will have an important and demanding role and will provide a valuable external perspective to the organisation. This includes providing influence and access to networks which the organisation would otherwise not have.”

Time: 27 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 November

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Office of Tax Simplification – Chair

“We are looking for a motivated individual to Chair the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). This role offers a unique opportunity to participate in tax policy-making at the heart of government. The Chair will lead the OTS board’s bimonthly meetings and the Office’s engagement with HM Treasury ministers.  The OTS board is responsible for shaping the strategy and priorities of the OTS, deciding on proposals for potential reviews to put forward to the Chancellor and agreeing key recommendations in the reviews. The Chair will also represent the OTS at public engagements and can be requested to present evidence on the Office’s work to Parliamentary Committees. The recommended candidate for the Chair role will require approval by the Chancellor of the Exchequer before the appointment can be confirmed and will be subject to a post-appointment hearing held by the Treasury Select Committee.”

Time: Up to two days per month.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 27 November

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British Library – Board Members

“In 2023, the British Library will mark its 50th anniversary as the national library of the United Kingdom and, in Living Knowledge (published in 2015), the Library has set out an ambitious vision for growth, innovation and development as that landmark date approaches. Major developments under way include projects to digitise and make globally available its most important historic collections; to refresh and transform its service to researchers, online and on-site; to widen its reach and presence for people across the UK, including new partnerships with public libraries; to extend and enhance its Grade 1-listed building in St Pancras, London, as part of a major development partnership; and – over the longer term – to renew and improve its 43-acre campus at Boston Spa in Yorkshire, where the majority of the collection is now held… Members of the Board have corporate responsibility for ensuring that the British Library complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds. ”

Time: 1-2 days per month, four-year term.

Remuneration: £9130 per annum.

Closes: 03 December

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Committee on Fuel Poverty – Member

“The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) advises the Government on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty to help keep UK residents warm and improve energy efficiency in their homes. It also persuades greater co-ordination across organisations working to reduce fuel poverty in the UK… The responsibilities of the new Members will include monitoring and reporting on progress towards the Government’s 2030 fuel poverty target and interim milestones, supporting and challenging the Government on its delivery approach, and encouraging a partnership approach between and within Government and stakeholders in tackling fuel poverty.”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: £8400 per annum plus reasonable travel and subsistence.

Closes: 06 December

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