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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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Skills Reform Board – Independent Chair

“Skills reform is a top government priority. The Prime Minister set out his personal commitment to delivering a Lifetime Skills Guarantee last year and the Skills for Jobs White Paper Skills and the recently introduced Post-16 Education Bill have set out how this will be achieved. The Skills Reform Board is responsible for delivering the department’s ambitious plans and to transform the skills, training and post-16 education landscape and level up opportunities across the country… The DfE is offering the high-profile and exciting opportunity to Chair the newly formed Skills Reform Board. This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the skills reform delivery programme.”

Time: Up to 12 days per annum.

Remuneration: £400 ‘per meeting’ expenses.

Closes: 18 July

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Committee on Fuel Poverty – Chair

“The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) is an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Committee advises on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty and encourage greater co-ordination across the organisations working to reduce fuel poverty. The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) consists of a Chair and 5 members who are appointed for 3 years. The role of the Committee is to report on the progress towards the interim milestones and 2030 fuel poverty target. It also reports on the effectiveness and impact of policies and schemes on fuel poverty. The Committee has had it’s fourth annual report, published in June 2020.”

Time: 2-3 days per month.

Remuneration: £14,000 per annum

Closes: 25 July

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Community Justice Scotland – Chair

“Community Justice Scotland, established in April 2017, plays a central role in the continual improvement of Scotland’s justice system.  Its role is key to Scottish Ministers’ wider approach to justice and penal policy.  Community Justice Scotland is responsible for monitoring, promoting, and supporting improvement in the provision of community justice services (its functions are set out in full in Section 4 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.  It provides advice to Scottish Ministers and local government leaders to strengthen how public services, third sector and other partners work together to prevent and reduce further offending.”

Time: No more than 40 days per annum.

Remuneration: £326 per diem

Closes: 26 July

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Care Quality Commission – Chair

“The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is seeking to appoint the next Chair to the board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The primary objective of the Chair is to ensure the strategic direction of the CQC, the body responsible for making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. CQC aims to make a positive impact on the experiences of everyone who receives care, while regulating services in a targeted way, which supports services to improve and prioritise safety.”

Time: 2-3 days per week.

Remuneration: £63,000 per annum.

Closes: 02 August

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British Film Institute – Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland Governors

“The role of the Governors is primarily to develop and oversee the implementation of BFI strategy and policy, as well as provide constructive challenge to the organisation in order to support it in achieving its strategic aims.  A Governor should have a commitment to the BFI’s purpose, mission and vision, champion the BFI’s charitable work, and act as an advocate for the BFI, including assistance with activities to generate funding from the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and philanthropy. Furthermore, the Governors will support the BFI to achieve value for money and sustainability across its activities.”

Time: See listing.

Remuneration: None

Closes: 02 August

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British Business Bank – Non-Executive Director

“The mission of the Bank is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK by improving access to finance for small businesses, enabling them to succeed in the transition to a net zero economy, change the structure of the finance markets for smaller businesses and mid-caps so these markets work more effectively and dynamically. As a Non-Executive Director of the Bank, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active and integral part in the long-term success and the strategy of the Bank, given the collective responsibility of the Board. As a fully functioning financial service entity, the role holder should be able to contribute to matters ranging, for example, from the challenges facing SMEs with respect to finance, the management of a wide variety of risks ad the technological challenges facing today’s financial services industry.”

Time: Approx 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum

Closes: 09 August

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Homes England – Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors have corporate responsibility for ensuring that Homes England fulfils the overall aims and objectives set out in legislation as well as the mission and objectives it has been set by the Secretary of State. Non-Executive Directors also have responsibility for ensuring that Homes England complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds and assets. Non-Executive Directors responsibilities include: ensure that Homes England delivers its Strategic Objectives within the policy and resources parameters set by the Secretary of State;​ hold the Chief Executive to account for the effective and efficient delivery of the strategic and annual business plans and for the day-to-day management, delivery and performance of Homes England;​ ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance to the Board and MHCLG on risk management, governance and internal control….”

Time: Max 3 days per month.

Remuneration: £24,984 per annum

Closes: 12 August

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National Infrastructure Commission – Commissioner

“The Commissioners of the NIC have a unique opportunity to look at the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs, make recommendations to the government, and influence the government’s infrastructure priorities. Commissioners have a strong influence on government across multiple sectors, making links and shaping future infrastructure networks. Commissioners are leaders in their field, with senior level experience in a specific infrastructure sector such as energy or digital communications, or a related field such as economics, engineering or project finance. Current Commissioners are drawn from the worlds of policy, economics, engineering, technology, academia, business and architecture. We are looking to recruit up to three Commissioners with experience in the energy sector, in the relationship between infrastructure and the environment, or with experience in infrastructure policy at local or regional level.”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum, plus expenses.

Closes: 20 August

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Office for the Internal Market – Panel Member

“The Office for the Internal Market (OIM) is being created following the passage of the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020. Established within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Act places a duty onto the new body to carry out a set of independent advisory, monitoring, and reporting functions to support the development and effective operation of the UK internal market on an ongoing basis. Once set up later this year, the OIM will analyse the health of the UK internal market and report to the UK Parliament and the devolved legislatures. At the highest level, the OIM will be guided by and must have regard to the clear objective set out within the Act, which is to support, through the application of economic and other technical expertise, the effective operation of the internal market in the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom, consumers, and those with an interest in its operation.”

Time: Approx 30 days per annum.

Remuneration: £400 per diem.

Closes: 22 August