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Seven 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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Commission on Human Medicines – Commissioner

“Commissioners are required to: possess or develop a working knowledge and understanding of the UK/European medicines regulatory procedures; attend all scheduled and unscheduled meetings of the CHM (and to be present for the whole meeting); consider, comment and contribute by drawing on their individual expertise and judgement, as appropriate, on all agenda items and to assist the CHM to frame clear and unequivocal advice to Ministers in accordance with the CHM’s terms of reference; be able and prepared to speak on a range of relevant issues and not just on their own areas of specialism; provide formal and informal advice to Ministers between meetings when required…”

Time: Approx. 22 days per annum.

Remuneration: £325 per meeting.

Closes: 08 October

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UK Government Investments – Chief Executive Officer

“UK Government Investments (UKGI) is the government’s centre of excellence in corporate finance and corporate governance. Working on some of government’s most high profile, interesting and complex commercial tasks, UKGI works closely with both the private and public sectors, advising and interacting with ministers, Parliament and Whitehall departments. UKGI executes all significant corporate asset sales by the UK government, for example, leading on the monetisation of HMG’s stake in RBS, and the sale of income contingent student loans. UKGI provides corporate finance advice across government, for example, supporting the government’s financial interventions, including into companies in distress.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: £200-230,000 per annum plus pension.

Closes: 09 October

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Gambling Commission – Commissioners

“Under the leadership of the Chair, the Commissioners have responsibility for (in summary): ensuring that the Gambling Commission fulfils its statutory objectives and duties; ensuring that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; setting the overarching strategy for the organisation and making strategically significant decisions; setting organisational risk appetite and ensuring a framework for effective identification and mitigation of top risks; ensuring that the Board receives and reviews regular information and data concerning the management of the Commission; setting the overarching stakeholder engagement strategy; [and] demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times.”

Time: Approx. one day a week on average.

Remuneration: £295 per diem.

Closes: 10 October

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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Chair

“The role of Chair of the main Board is to provide strategic direction to the AHDB Board members and have oversight of the whole organisation. The Chair is being recruited during a time of considerable change for the farming industry. AHDB was formed in 2008, and is currently under review. Implementation of the review recommendations will form a crucial element of the role. The Chair will drive forward and implement recommendations made by Defra Ministers on the future purpose and functions of AHDB. This follows a Request for Views on AHDB conducted in autumn 2018.”

Time: Minimum 104 days per annum.

Remuneration: £55,000 per annum.

Closes: 22 October

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Public Health England – Non-Executive Members

“Ministers are seeking to make four appointments to the board of Public Health England: An Executive Agency of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which is responsible for protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of the nation and addressing health inequalities. The role of Public Health England’s Advisory Board is to provide strategic advice on the running of the organisation, including assuring the effectiveness of PHE’s corporate governance arrangements, and for advising the Chief Executive on maintaining and promoting PHE’s leadership role as part of the successful operation of the health and care system as an agency of DHSC…”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £7,883 per annum.

Closes: 24 October

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Defence Nuclear Organisation – Chair of the Nuclear Research Advisory Council

“The Ministry of Defence is looking to appoint a Chair to the Nuclear Research Advisory Council (NRAC). You will be independent of the Ministry of Defence operational activities and will be expected to apply intellectual rigour in support of the NRAC programme. NRAC provides independent, external, evidence-based advice to the MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear) (CSA(N)), MOD Director Warhead (and Senior Responsible Owner, (SRO)), DG Nuclear, and other senior MOD officials as necessary. NRAC advises upon the UK’s ability to design, certify, manufacture and support an effective and reliable nuclear stockpile in the context of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”

Time: Up to 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £465 per diem plus expenses.

Closes: 30 October

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