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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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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: 18 February

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Network Rail – Independent Chair, TRU Programme Board

“The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is the largest, multi-billion railway upgrade in the country, the biggest project in Network Rail’s portfolio and will be of significant and lasting benefit to the lives of millions of people in the North of England and an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse and Levelling Up agenda. This complex project will deliver an electrified railway between Manchester and York, building new stations and refurbishing others as well as introducing state of the art signalling across 100 miles of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the UK. It will not only reduce journey times but make a significant contribution to the UK’s economic prosperity and climate change commitments. There is now a rare and exciting opportunity to Chair this major Alliance group of leading engineering and construction organisations to deliver this iconic project on time and to budget and fully deliver on its ambitious potential.”

Time: Two days per month, two-year fixed term

Remuneration: Competitive

Closes: 18 February

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UK Hydrographic Office – Non-Executive Director

“We are seeking an exceptional individual to join the UKHO Board as a Non-Executive Director (NED). The successful candidate will support the UKHO in driving forward a pivotal commercial and digital transformation programme in response to significant change in the international market for high-quality hydrographic data. The NED has an important role in supporting and challenging the UKHO executive leadership team to ensure that there is a clear focus on transformation, increasing revenues, building partnerships, exploring new markets and continuous improvement. The NED will work in close partnership with the UKHO’s Chair and other NEDs, including the UKHO’s MOD sponsor.”

Time: 30 days per annumC

Remuneration: £18,000 per annum

Closes: 21 February

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England Species Reintroduction Task Force – Chair

“Government has committed to establishing an England Species Reintroductions Task Force to provide independent advice on species reintroductions in England. This technical advisory group will bring together statutory bodies, experts and stakeholders to provide a collective evidence-based view on potential species for conservation translocation and reintroduction in England. We are now looking for a chairperson for this Group, initially holding a 3-year term. Roles and responsibilities will include: chairing meetings of the England Reintroductions Task Force, guiding the agenda, discussion and agreeing outputs of such meetings. Meetings will occur quarterly for the first year and twice yearly thereafter; engaging, negotiating and working with Task Force members, including experts, eNGOs and statutory bodies, to gain collective agreement towards evidence-based advice and outputs…”

Time: Anticipated 10-15 days per annum

Remuneration: £500 per diem plus expenses

Closes: 21 February

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Home Office – Commissioner for Countering Extremism

“The Commissioner for Countering Extremism will provide independent expert advice, challenge and scrutiny to the UK government on extremism in England and Wales. The Commissioner will also play a key role in monitoring the threat from extremism and ensuring that good practice on tackling extremism is shared across Government departments, the wider public sector and regulatory and law enforcement agencies. We are seeking a highly talented individual of unquestionable independence, integrity and credibility, who has a clear understanding of extremism and its impacts. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their ability to provide expert advice to Government and to influence Government thinking on this issue.”

Time: Three-year fixed term

Remuneration: £130,000 pro rata, plus reasonable expenses

Closes: 28 February

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Financial Conduct Authority – Chair

“The FCA is an independent regulator with the strategic objective of ensuring that the UK’s financial markets function well. To do this, the FCA regulates the conduct of over 51,000 businesses, and will for many of them also consider whether they meet prudential standards that reduce the potential harm to consumers and industry if they fail. The FCA’s operational objectives are to: protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system; secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers; and promote effective competition in the interests of consumers.”

Time: 2-3 days per week

Remuneration: £170,000 per annum

Closes: 03 March

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Department for Work and Pensions – Pensions Ombudsman

“The Pensions Ombudsman investigates and determines complaints and disputes about the way that occupational and personal pension schemes are run. The Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman considers decisions made by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) Board under the PPF’s internal procedures and decides on appeals against decisions by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Financial Assistance Scheme. Although the roles are provided for separately in legislation, they are held by one post holder. Throughout this document the term ‘Ombudsman’ will therefore cover both roles. The Ombudsman is supported by an organisation, known as The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO).”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: £143,095 per annum

Closes: 06 March