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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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Trade Remedies Authority – Chair

“Trade remedies measures are key to ensuring an effective rules-based system for international trade. They can level the playing field and restore the competitive balance. The European Commission is currently responsible for undertaking trade remedies investigations – and imposing measures – on behalf of the UK. Once we leave the EU, we will no longer be part of this process. Therefore, the Government is establishing a UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA). It will ensure the UK can continue to provide a safety net to domestic industries after the UK has left the EU. The TRA will be set up as a non-departmental public body.”

Time: 50 days per annum for the first year, with 45 days per annum in the second and third year.

Remuneration: £32,000 for the first year and £29,000 for the second and third year,

Closes: 12 July

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Financial Conduct Authority – Non-Executive Director

“The Government is seeking to appoint a number of Non-Executive Directors to the Board of the Financial Conduct Authority. These appointments are to fill vacancies which arise from retirements in 2019 and 2020 as Directors complete their maximum terms. In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2012, one of these appointments will be made jointly by the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with further appointments made solely by the Treasury… These vacancies are senior roles requiring people with the necessary skills to assist the Chair in providing strategic leadership and oversight of the FCA and in supporting and positively challenging the FCA’s senior executives.”

Time: Up to 36 days per annum.

Remuneration: £35,000 per annum, plus £10,000 if committee chair.

Closes: 14 July

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Intellectual Property Office – Non-Executive Director

“The IPO is an Executive Agency and a Trading Fund within BEIS. As an international organisation, IPO is responsible for setting the agenda and contributing to the wider economy with intellectual property rights, including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.It has a clear delivery function to operate and maintain a clear intellectual property system in the UK, encouraging innovation and helping the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. The organisation also helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention.”

Time: Up to 13 days pr annum.

Remuneration: £6,000 plus travel and subsistence.

Closes: 19 July

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Council for Science & Technology – Members

“The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the Government’s top-level advisory body on science and technology issues. It reports directly to the Prime Minister on matters of science and technology that cut across the responsibilities of government departments. It is co-chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and an independent appointee. The Council is looking to renew its membership from January 2020. We are looking for eight new members from: business – large and small; across industry sectors: applications from technology manufacturing, digital services, and the financial sector would be particularly welcome; not-for-profit organisations with a research or ‘science and society’ focus; [and] academia.”

Time: Four meetings a year, plus ad hoc extras.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 02 August

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Student Loans Company – Chair of the Board

“The Chair of the SLC Board has the usual fiduciary duties associated with a director of a UK Company, but is also answerable to the Minister for Higher Education. This relationship is one of the primary formal communication channels between SLC and its parent department. Striking the right balance between the Board exercising its fiduciary duties and acting on instructions from its shareholders will be a key task for the Chair. The Minister for Higher Education writes to the SLC’s Chair annually on behalf of all four Shareholders setting out their strategic priorities for the year. This is a key document and will form the basis for the Chair’s own objectives.”

Time: ~8 days per annum.

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 06 August

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UK Sport – Board Members

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to appoint two individuals as Board Members of UK Sport. UK Sport is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by DCMS. The UK Sport Board is made up of 12 non-executive Board Members, including the Chair and nominees from the Sports Councils of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Board is appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. UK Sport is seeking to appoint two Members to their Board.”

Time: 6-10 days per annum.

Remuneration: £218 per diem plus expenses.

Closes: 07 August

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