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Eight years ago, the TaxPayers’ Alliance reported that “in the last year, five times more Labour people were appointed to public bodies than Tories”.

It currently reports that almost half of avowedly political appointees last year owed their allegiance to Labour Party, compared to less than a third for the Conservatives.

Despite the selection of some Party members or supporters to fill important posts, over time, the Conservatives have punched beneath their 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, each week we put up links to some of the main public appointments vacancies, so that qualified Conservatives can be aware of the opportunities presented.

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

“The mission of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to promote transparency and integrity in business. These are cornerstones to generating public trust and confidence in UK business and help attract investment in successful companies that provide jobs, create prosperity and generate economic growth. The FRC sets the UK Corporate Governance & Stewardship Codes which aim to make investors more accountable to their clients and beneficiaries. The FRC also sets standards for accounting, auditing and actuarial work. As the UK’s independent regulator and Competent Authority for Audit it monitors, and takes action where necessary, to promote the quality of corporate reporting and audit. It also operates independent enforcement arrangements for accountants and actuaries.”

Time: 1.5 days per week.

Remuneration: £75,000 per annum, plus expenses.

Closes: 06 January

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Highways England – Chair

“With rapid progress in the development of new technologies, Highways England are modernising and transforming the strategic road network. They need to demonstrate that they can meet the government’s commitment to zero carbon and within its committed timescales. They also need to exploit the full potential of the digital revolution, both in their delivery, and in communications with road users and stakeholders. That is why HE are now delivering £27.4 billion of investment between 2020 and 2025 to improve the road network (RIS2). This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of an organisation which keeps England moving. You would be joining Highways England at an exciting time, with the opportunity to help shape the future of the organisation and ensure its continued success. This will mean supporting the executive team in developing the organisation to be equipped for the immediate supply chain, technology and workplace transformation Highways England faces.”

Time: 24/27 days per annum

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum/plus £3,000 for chairing.

Closes: 08 January

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Open Standards Board – Chair

“The Open Standards Board works with the Cabinet Office and is accountable for transparent selection of open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government. The role of chair of the Open Standards Board is to ensure that decisions made by the board are in accordance with the government’s Open Standards Principles. The chair of the Open Standards Board will: provide leadership, challenge and direction to the Open Standards Board; introduce and facilitate Open Standards Board meetings; encourage and enable the board to select the most appropriate standards for use in government technology; welcome different points of view from board members and aim to find consensus around adoption of standards; where necessary, cast a deciding vote on whether or not to mandate or recommend standards for use in government; work with the Open Standards Team in GDS to set the tone for excellent relationships between GDS, board members and the individuals or teams who are proposing open standards challenges; [and] suggest potential new problem spaces in government that might benefit from standards-based solutions.”

Time: A few days per annum.

Remuneration: None.

Closes: 10 January

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Bank of England – External Member of the Financial Policy Committee

“The FPC is responsible for identifying, monitoring and taking action to remove or reduce systemic risks with a view to protecting and enhancing the resilience of the UK financial system. The FPC also has a secondary objective to support the Government’s economic policies.The FPC has wide-ranging powers of recommendation and can direct the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to take action to address systemic risks to financial stability. The appointment of external members to the FPC is designed to ensure that the Committee benefits from thinking and expertise in addition to that existing inside the Bank of England, and to provide constructive challenge during the Committee’s deliberations. Each member of the FPC should have expertise in the field of financial services and economics. External members will be independent – they will not represent or lobby for individual groups, interests or sectors.”

Time: 23 days per quarter.

Remuneration: £97,200.

Closes: 11 January

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School Teachers’ Review Body – Chair

“The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is an independent body, which makes recommendations to the Government on the pay and conditions of school teachers in England.  Its work has a direct impact on teachers, headteachers and school governing bodies, and through them, on the education of children and young people. The Secretary of State normally issues one remit per year for the STRB to consider… As Chair of the STRB, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the STRB in fulfilling its functions as a public body; and for delivering high quality recommendations in response to the matters that have been referred to the STRB by the Secretary of State.”

Time: Approx. 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £350 per diem.

Closes: 15 January

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Department for Education – Schools Adjudicator

“Schools Adjudicators are office holders appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to make decisions about a range of matters relating to publicly funded schools in England.  They are statutory office holders appointed under section 25 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The main function of the Schools Adjudicators is to rule on objections to and referrals about determined school admission arrangements of all state funded schools; this involves establishing whether or not arrangements conform with the requirements relating to admissions and if they do not conform, in what respect they do not conform… There are currently ten Schools Adjudicators, including the Chief Schools Adjudicator.  They are appointed for their ability to act impartially, independently and objectively.  Their role is to look afresh at all cases referred to them and consider each case on its merits in the light of the legislation, the Statutory Guidance for Decision Makers on Statutory Proposals and the School Admissions Code.”

Time: Part-time.

Remuneration: £355 per diem/£58 per hour.

Closes: 29 January

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Competition & Markets Authority – Chair

“The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the UK’s primary competition and consumer body. It promotes competition for the benefit of consumers, and the UK business environment, both within the UK and internationally, and its aim is to ensure that markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. The CMA is a non-Ministerial department which was established by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 on 1 April 2014. The CMA has staff in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff… The new Chair will lead an effective Board, setting the strategy for the organisation to meet new challenges including supporting the UK economy to grow post-coronavirus pandemic and taking more, and more complex, cases previously heard by the European Commission.”

Time: Around two days per week.

Remuneration: £106,666 per annum, plus expenses.

Closes: 31 January

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Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education – Chair

“The Institute was established as a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body, independent of Government and employer-led, with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute is playing a vital role in continuing the apprenticeship and technical education reform process and works on behalf of employers to support the delivery of high quality apprenticeships, T Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications in England. The Institute enables apprentices or learners to be confident that their apprenticeship or technical qualification is of high quality, respected and will help them to build a career with a clear market value. The chair will take up their role at a key point in the Institute’s development and will need to be able to give outstanding leadership as its board membership evolves, making the most of individual members’ strengths and skills.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: £29,500 per annum, plus expenses.

Closes: 01 February

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