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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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Research England – Executive Chair

The Executive Chair, working with the Research England Council Members, is responsible for setting the strategic vision for RE and contributing to the wider direction of UKRI. As a visible and credible leader of Research England you will provide direction, ensuring delivery research, skills, and infrastructure investments. As a member of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Executive Committee, the Executive Chair will be accountable to, and work closely with, the UKRI Chief Executive Officer. The Research England’s Executive Chair may also be responsible for leading and delivering one or more cross cutting areas for UKRI.”

Time: Full time

Remuneration: £120,000-144,500 per annum, plus bonus

Closes: 16 January

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Home Office – Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

“It’s a sad fact that around the world today, millions of men, women and children are cruelly enslaved and exploited. However, this is not something that just happens overseas, it is happening here and now across cities, towns and villages in the UK. The Government is committed to tackling this abhorrent crime, building on the UK’s strong track record in supporting victims and pursuing and punishing the perpetrators. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 established the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to drive up the strategic response by Governments and its partners to tackle modern slavery in the UK and overseas. We are looking for an outstanding candidate to take up the post of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. You will have a track record of strategic leadership, a clear vision for the role, and will be able to engage people from across a range of backgrounds and viewpoints.”

Time: Full time

Remuneration: £130,000 per annum

Closes: 17 January

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Competition and Markets Authority – Chair

“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. The Non-Executive Chair, together with the Non-Executive members of the Board, will bring appropriate challenge to the decisions made by the executive in running the organisation. The Chair must work effectively with the CMA’s Chief Executive, executive team, Non-Executive members, and the CMA’s panel of independent competition and consumer experts. In doing so, the Chair will need to gain and retain the confidence of a wide range of stakeholders including Government, business, consumer groups, competition specialists and other international competition authorities.”

Time: Approx. two days per week

Remuneration: £106,666 per annum

Closes: 17 January

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Historic Royal Palaces – Chair

“Historic Royal Palaces is a leading independent charity that wants to make deep connections with people through the six sites of national importance in its care. We are seeking a Chair to lead our Board through a period of recovery after the Covid pandemic, to achieve successes in the future as we have in the past. The Appointment of Chair of the Board is made by Her Majesty The Queen, following the recommendation of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes.”

Time: Approx. two days per week

Remuneration: None

Closes: 21 January

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National Highways – Non-Executive Director

“Highways are essential to connect people to places. They are used by everybody, every day, whether getting to a destination or delivering goods for consumption. Safe and reliable roads are vital for the economy and public wellbeing. National Highways manage and improve the UK’s motorways and major A-roads, helping customers have safer, smoother and more reliable journeys. Beyond that, National Highways are committed to working with Government to achieve zero carbon and exploiting the full potential of the digital revolution. The role is a crucial one and the incumbent will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the UK’s roads and ensure the organisation’s continued success. The National Highways Board holds the executive team to account and provides oversight, governance and assurance to the organisation. The new Non-Executive Director will be heavily involved in providing organisational strategic direction and overseeing all National Highways functions.”

Time: Approx. 27 days per annum

Remuneration: £25,000 per annum

Closes: 21 January

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Department of Health and Social Care – Patient Safety Commissioner

“Ministers are seeking to appoint the first Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) for England. The core role of the Commissioner will be to promote the safety of patients in the context of the use of medicines and medical devices and to promote the importance of the views of patients and other members of the public in relation to the safety of medicines and medical devices. The first Patient Safety Commissioner will play a central part in establishing the role and will: Provide strong leadership, and challenge to the healthcare system through their core functions to: promote the safety of patients, and to promote the importance of the views of patients and other members of the public in relation to the safety of medicines and medical devices…”

Time: Three days per week to full-time.

Remuneration: £105,000 pa (full-time), £63,000 if for 3 days.

Closes: 25 January

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Bank of England – External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee

“The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Standing at the centre of the UK’s financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England has responsibility for formulating monetary policy. The MPC consists of nine members – the Governor, the Deputy Governors for Monetary Policy and Financial Stability, and Markets & Banking, a member appointed by the Governor (the Bank’s Chief Economist) and four external members appointed by the Chancellor. This is a high profile and influential role, requiring strong and proven economic and analytical skills. Candidates must demonstrate that they have used their economic expertise operating at a very senior level in commercial, retail, business, financial markets, a policymaking environment or academia – as a leader in their chosen profession or field of economics.”

Time: Average three days per week

Remuneration: £158,000 per annum

Closes: 06 February

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Social Mobility Commission – Commissioners

“The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Standing at the centre of the UK’s financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England has responsibility for formulating monetary policy. The MPC consists of nine members – the Governor, the Deputy Governors for Monetary Policy and Financial Stability, and Markets & Banking, a member appointed by the Governor (the Bank’s Chief Economist) and four external members appointed by the Chancellor. This is a high profile and influential role, requiring strong and proven economic and analytical skills. Candidates must demonstrate that they have used their economic expertise operating at a very senior level in commercial, retail, business, financial markets, a policymaking environment or academia – as a leader in their chosen profession or field of economics.”

Time: Average three days per week

Remuneration: £250 per diem

Closes: 06 February