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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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UK Infrastructure Bank – CEO

“The Chancellor of the Exchequer is looking to appoint a CEO for the new UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB). The objective of the Bank is to support and enable private and public investment in infrastructure and to help the UK government deliver its goal to create a net zero economy by 2050 and support regional and local economic growth across the country. With £22 billion of financial capacity to deliver on its objectives, the Bank will advise, finance and co-invest alongside private sector investors. It will be available as a source of advice, including to local authorities, on developing and financing vital infrastructure. Headquartered in Leeds, the Bank will operate UK-wide, working to a mandate set by government with a high degree of operational independence.”

Time: Full-time.

Remuneration: £330,000 per annum, plus awards.

Closes: 07 July

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Natural History Museum – Commercial Trustee

“The Prime Minister wishes to appoint a new Commercial Trustee to the board of the Natural History Museum. Applications are encouraged from all sections of the community to help ensure that the Museum’s board is representative of the diverse society it serves. The Trustees of the Museum have statutory duties under the British Museum Act 1963 and the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 for the general management and control of the Museum and for the appointment of the Director. Within the framework of these statutory duties, the role of the Trustees is primarily to establish Museum policy, review performance, support the generation of income and endorse appointments to key management positions.”

Time: See ad.

Remuneration: Expenses.

Closes: 09 July

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All Wales Medicines Strategy Group – Chair

“The appointed Chair will: play a key role in shaping the medicine management agenda in Wales, and the implementing AWMSG’s prescribing strategy; provide strategic direction to the NHS in Wales and all key stakeholders; play a critical role in ensuring the work of the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) supports the Committee and NHS Wales in achieving their strategic objectives; be instrumental in developing innovative partnerships which benefit patients; achieve best outcomes from the use of medicines in Wales; chair up to ten AWMSG meetings each year and be a member of the AWMSG Steering Committee which meets monthly; and responsible for appointment and appraisal of Steering Group members.”

Time: 30 days per year minimum.

Remuneration: £337 per diem

Closes: 12 July

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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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Homes England – Non-Executive Directors

“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: Max 3 days per month.

Remuneration: £24,984 per annum

Closes: 12 August