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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Advisory Committee on Business Appointments – Chair

“The Chair leads the Committee to act independently to advise Government and former Ministers on its decisions under the Rules. Applications are assessed case-by-case on their individual merits. This is a high profile Committee, which attracts considerable public and media interest. The Committee is supported by a Secretariat, which currently consists of 3 team members and sits within the Civil Service Commission, to remain independent of its sponsoring department – the Cabinet Office. The Chair is appointed by the Prime Minister for a five year non-renewable term.”

Time: Average 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £8,000 honorarium plus expenses.

Closes: 14 October

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Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee – Regional Chairs

“The VAPC Chairperson will play a central role in the recruitment of members and in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. The committee meet between 2 and 4 times per year and members are expected to be involved in a wide ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out below. Suitable candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds. Whilst a knowledge of service life would be useful, what is most important is that the applicant should have a real commitment to supporting veterans and their dependants.”

Time: Five meetings a year plus casework.

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses.

Closes: 20 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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Regulatory Board for Wales – Independent Chair

“The Regulatory Board for Wales was established in 2016.  The fully-constituted Board comprises six independent members plus the Chair. The Board provides advice to Welsh Ministers and is responsible for overseeing Welsh Government regulation of Housing Associations in Wales and providing related advice to the Minister. The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a new Chair to the Regulatory Board for Wales.  This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Board charged with advising the Welsh Government on housing policy and regulation.  The Chair will lead a strong Board which will contain a diverse range of skills related to the Housing sector.”

Time: 24 days per annum.

Remuneration: £256 per diem.

Closes: 25 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