Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of Transport Focus – and more

13 Sep

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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Transport Focus – Chair

“Transport Focus is the independent watchdog for transport users, and an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport. We’re led by a Board of non-executive directors and run by a management team. As Chair, you will be expected to work in partnership with staff and key stakeholders across the country. You will ensure that the user voice is not only heard but understood and acted upon by those in positions of influence. This is a role for a true leader, a proactive person with the capacity and passion to identify the need for, and promote, change, and communicate superbly. You will chair monthly meetings of the Transport Focus board.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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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: 03 October

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Historic England – Commissioners

“Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.  Our vision is for a heritage that is valued, celebrated and shared by everyone.  A historic environment that people connect with and learn from and that we are proud to pass on to future generations. By protecting and caring for our historic environment, and through our research, listing, grant-aiding, planning and technical advice, we help our heritage have a positive impact on the world around us… The Commission is the governing body of Historic England and provides expert advice and guidance to the Executive.  It has corporate responsibility for establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation and for monitoring its performance against strategic objectives and targets.”

Time: Around 12 days per annum.

Remuneration: £4,133 per annum.

Closes: 03 October

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

The Financial Reporting Council (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… As a regulator working in the public interest, the FRC needs to respond appropriately to political, economic, environmental and technological change. It must be transparent and act with integrity. It must be a well-governed and accountable public body, independent from those it regulates, and follow its own principles of good governance and reporting.

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 04 October

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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: 03 October

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The Pensions Regulator – Non-Executive Director

“The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is the independent UK regulator of work-based pension schemes. It is an arms-length public body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). TPR works with trustees, employers, and business advisers of occupational pension schemes in the private and public sectors, to help them understand their legal duties and the standards it expects. TPR also works with employers and their advisers to ensure compliance with Automatic Enrolment duties… TPR is operationally independent of Government and is overseen by a Board of executive and non-executive members. The Board ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.  All Non-Executive Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following open competition. These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.”

Time: Approx 26 days per annum

Remuneration: £17,992 per annum.

Closes: 08 October

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Regulator of Social Housing – Chair

“The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). The Chair will help guide the next phase of the organisation’s growth and development. We are open to applicants with a wide range of skills and backgrounds and would welcome hearing from applicants who have experience leading an organisation through significant change. This Government is committed to improving the lived experience of social housing tenants. The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Social Housing White Paper recognised the role RSH plays in protecting and empowering social housing tenants through a robust regulatory framework, and committed to strengthen that further. RSH will therefore have a key role to play in delivering the reforms set out in the White Paper in what will be an exciting and challenging time to join the organisation.”

Time: Max 2 days per week.

Remuneration: £65,000 per annum.

Closes: 18 October

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. First Civil Service Commissioner – and more

6 Sep

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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Civil Service Commission – First Civil Service Commissioner

“The Civil Service Commission exists to provide assurance that civil servants are selected on merit on the basis of fair and open competition; and to help safeguard an impartial Civil Service. It is a high profile body whose work can attract considerable public and  media interest. Civil Service Commissioners were first appointed in 1855 following the Northcote Trevelyan report, which identified patronage as one of the main reasons for the inefficiency  of the mid-19th century Civil Service. Since 2010, the Commission has existed as an independent executive Non-Departmental Public Body,  with its powers and responsibilities set out in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.”

Time: 3 days per week

Remuneration:  £89,000 per annum.

Closes: 09 September

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Competition Service – Non-Executive Director

“The Competition Service (CS) is an executive non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which was established to provide administrative and financial support and services to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The CAT is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy. Its statutory function is to hear and decide appeals of decisions taken by the Competition and Market Authority and economic regulators concerning infringement of UK and EU competition law. Its jurisdiction extends to the whole of the United Kingdom… The appointee will have a proven background in business, Finance, Human Resources or Law, with experience at senior management level of handling corporate governance issues. Previous experience at Board level would be helpful but is not essential.”

Time: 12 days per annum

Remuneration:  £400 per diem plus expenses.

Closes: 12 September

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Transport Focus – Chair

“Transport Focus is the independent watchdog for transport users, and an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport. We’re led by a Board of non-executive directors and run by a management team. As Chair, you will be expected to work in partnership with staff and key stakeholders across the country. You will ensure that the user voice is not only heard but understood and acted upon by those in positions of influence. This is a role for a true leader, a proactive person with the capacity and passion to identify the need for, and promote, change, and communicate superbly. You will chair monthly meetings of the Transport Focus board.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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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: 03 October

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Historic England – Commissioners

“Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.  Our vision is for a heritage that is valued, celebrated and shared by everyone.  A historic environment that people connect with and learn from and that we are proud to pass on to future generations. By protecting and caring for our historic environment, and through our research, listing, grant-aiding, planning and technical advice, we help our heritage have a positive impact on the world around us… The Commission is the governing body of Historic England and provides expert advice and guidance to the Executive.  It has corporate responsibility for establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation and for monitoring its performance against strategic objectives and targets.”

Time: Around 12 days per annum.

Remuneration: £4,133 per annum.

Closes: 03 October

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

The Financial Reporting Council (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… As a regulator working in the public interest, the FRC needs to respond appropriately to political, economic, environmental and technological change. It must be transparent and act with integrity. It must be a well-governed and accountable public body, independent from those it regulates, and follow its own principles of good governance and reporting.

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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Chair – Ordnance Survey

“OS’s mapping data is relied on by every one of us. If you call for the fire service or an ambulance, more often than not it is OS data that is used to find you. Want to locate your nearest post office, cinema or supermarket? OS is there, supporting the search engines and pointing you in the right direction. As the national mapping services provider of Great Britain, OS provides critical location data and know-how to more than 5,000 organisations working for the public good in areas such as housing, the natural environment, connected transport and national security, and to a broad range of business sectors including energy, utility, property, retail and finance. OS is looking for a Non-Executive Chair with exceptional board leadership skills and a proven track record of building commercial businesses to support management in driving the long-term, profitable growth of the company.”

Time: 60 days per annum minimum

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

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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: 03 October

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of Ordnance Survey – and more

16 Aug

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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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

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Office for Students – Non-Executive Directors

“OfS non-executive board members play a key role in shaping the OfS strategic direction and supporting the reform programme. Board members are responsible for a wide range of activities including: oversight for corporate strategy; reviewing risks, benefits and monitoring outcomes against plans; being responsible for the stewardship of public funds. It is essential that the board has the range of skills, knowledge and experience required to be the independent regulator of a sector which is of such strategic importance to the UK, including representation of the diversity of the higher education sector.”

Time: Expected 20 days per annum

Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.

Closes: 23 August

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CDC Group Plc – Chair of the Board

“CDC Group plc (CDC) is the UK’s development finance institution, established in 1948 (and the world’s first development finance institution), with the inspiring impact investment mandate to transform lives and achieve a better and more sustainable future for people in Africa and Asia. Whether it’s investing in the world’s largest solar park in Egypt, investing in off-Grid Solar to bring access to clean energy at some of the lowest prices on the market to rural households in East Africa or establishing a new company to dramatically reduce the cost of medicines, CDC is driven in its mission to be involved in tackling some of the biggest challenges in global development today. Wholly owned by the UK Government, CDC operates with an independent board and has net assets of £6.5 billion with investments in over 1,000 companies and a portfolio of £4.7 billion in growing companies across nearly 70 countries.”

Time: 1-2 days per week

Remuneration: £35,000 per annum

Closes: 27 August

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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: 31 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: 05 September

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Transport Focus – Chair

The Financial Reporting Council (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… As a regulator working in the public interest, the FRC needs to respond appropriately to political, economic, environmental and technological change. It must be transparent and act with integrity. It must be a well-governed and accountable public body, independent from those it regulates, and follow its own principles of good governance and reporting.

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

“Transport Focus is the independent watchdog for transport users, and an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport. We’re led by a Board of non-executive directors and run by a management team. As Chair, you will be expected to work in partnership with staff and key stakeholders across the country. You will ensure that the user voice is not only heard but understood and acted upon by those in positions of influence. This is a role for a true leader, a proactive person with the capacity and passion to identify the need for, and promote, change, and communicate superbly. You will chair monthly meetings of the Transport Focus board.”

Time: 2.5 days per week

Remuneration:  £125,000 per annum

Closes: 09 September

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Chair – Ordnance Survey

“OS’s mapping data is relied on by every one of us. If you call for the fire service or an ambulance, more often than not it is OS data that is used to find you. Want to locate your nearest post office, cinema or supermarket? OS is there, supporting the search engines and pointing you in the right direction. As the national mapping services provider of Great Britain, OS provides critical location data and know-how to more than 5,000 organisations working for the public good in areas such as housing, the natural environment, connected transport and national security, and to a broad range of business sectors including energy, utility, property, retail and finance. OS is looking for a Non-Executive Chair with exceptional board leadership skills and a proven track record of building commercial businesses to support management in driving the long-term, profitable growth of the company.”

Time: 60 days per annum minimum

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of the Care Quality Commission – and more

9 Aug

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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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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Chair – Historic Environment Scotland

“Formed in October 2015, we are a charity and the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s rich historic environment. In 2019 we launched our new corporate plan – Heritage For All – which sets out how we can achieve our ambition of making a real difference to people’s lives; a difference to our health, to our economy, to our culture and to our environment. We want to make sure Scotland’s heritage is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride, by everyone. We stand for our values; collaboration, professionalism, innovation, openness and respect.”

Time: See application pack.

Remuneration: None

Closes: 16 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: 16 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

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Office for Students – Non-Executive Directors

“OfS non-executive board members play a key role in shaping the OfS strategic direction and supporting the reform programme. Board members are responsible for a wide range of activities including: oversight for corporate strategy; reviewing risks, benefits and monitoring outcomes against plans; being responsible for the stewardship of public funds. It is essential that the board has the range of skills, knowledge and experience required to be the independent regulator of a sector which is of such strategic importance to the UK, including representation of the diversity of the higher education sector.”

Time: Expected 20 days per annum

Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.

Closes: 23 August

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CDC Group Plc – Chair of the Board

“CDC Group plc (CDC) is the UK’s development finance institution, established in 1948 (and the world’s first development finance institution), with the inspiring impact investment mandate to transform lives and achieve a better and more sustainable future for people in Africa and Asia. Whether it’s investing in the world’s largest solar park in Egypt, investing in off-Grid Solar to bring access to clean energy at some of the lowest prices on the market to rural households in East Africa or establishing a new company to dramatically reduce the cost of medicines, CDC is driven in its mission to be involved in tackling some of the biggest challenges in global development today. Wholly owned by the UK Government, CDC operates with an independent board and has net assets of £6.5 billion with investments in over 1,000 companies and a portfolio of £4.7 billion in growing companies across nearly 70 countries.”

Time: 1-2 days per week

Remuneration: £35,000 per annum

Closes: 27 August

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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: 31 August

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Transport Focus – Chair

The Financial Reporting Council (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… As a regulator working in the public interest, the FRC needs to respond appropriately to political, economic, environmental and technological change. It must be transparent and act with integrity. It must be a well-governed and accountable public body, independent from those it regulates, and follow its own principles of good governance and reporting.

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

“Transport Focus is the independent watchdog for transport users, and an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport. We’re led by a Board of non-executive directors and run by a management team. As Chair, you will be expected to work in partnership with staff and key stakeholders across the country. You will ensure that the user voice is not only heard but understood and acted upon by those in positions of influence. This is a role for a true leader, a proactive person with the capacity and passion to identify the need for, and promote, change, and communicate superbly. You will chair monthly meetings of the Transport Focus board.”

Time: 2.5 days per week

Remuneration:  £125,000 per annum

Closes: 09 September

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Chair – Ordnance Survey

“OS’s mapping data is relied on by every one of us. If you call for the fire service or an ambulance, more often than not it is OS data that is used to find you. Want to locate your nearest post office, cinema or supermarket? OS is there, supporting the search engines and pointing you in the right direction. As the national mapping services provider of Great Britain, OS provides critical location data and know-how to more than 5,000 organisations working for the public good in areas such as housing, the natural environment, connected transport and national security, and to a broad range of business sectors including energy, utility, property, retail and finance. OS is looking for a Non-Executive Chair with exceptional board leadership skills and a proven track record of building commercial businesses to support management in driving the long-term, profitable growth of the company.”

Time: 60 days per annum minimum

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. National Infrastructure Commissioner – and more

2 Aug

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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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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Chair – Historic Environment Scotland

“Formed in October 2015, we are a charity and the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s rich historic environment. In 2019 we launched our new corporate plan – Heritage For All – which sets out how we can achieve our ambition of making a real difference to people’s lives; a difference to our health, to our economy, to our culture and to our environment. We want to make sure Scotland’s heritage is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride, by everyone. We stand for our values; collaboration, professionalism, innovation, openness and respect.”

Time: See application pack.

Remuneration: None

Closes: 16 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: 16 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

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Office for Students – Non-Executive Directors

“OfS non-executive board members play a key role in shaping the OfS strategic direction and supporting the reform programme. Board members are responsible for a wide range of activities including: oversight for corporate strategy; reviewing risks, benefits and monitoring outcomes against plans; being responsible for the stewardship of public funds. It is essential that the board has the range of skills, knowledge and experience required to be the independent regulator of a sector which is of such strategic importance to the UK, including representation of the diversity of the higher education sector.”

Time: Expected 20 days per annum

Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.

Closes: 23 August

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CDC Group Plc – Chair of the Board

“CDC Group plc (CDC) is the UK’s development finance institution, established in 1948 (and the world’s first development finance institution), with the inspiring impact investment mandate to transform lives and achieve a better and more sustainable future for people in Africa and Asia. Whether it’s investing in the world’s largest solar park in Egypt, investing in off-Grid Solar to bring access to clean energy at some of the lowest prices on the market to rural households in East Africa or establishing a new company to dramatically reduce the cost of medicines, CDC is driven in its mission to be involved in tackling some of the biggest challenges in global development today. Wholly owned by the UK Government, CDC operates with an independent board and has net assets of £6.5 billion with investments in over 1,000 companies and a portfolio of £4.7 billion in growing companies across nearly 70 countries.”

Time: 1-2 days per week

Remuneration: £35,000 per annum

Closes: 27 August

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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: 31 August

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Transport Focus – Chair

The Financial Reporting Council (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… As a regulator working in the public interest, the FRC needs to respond appropriately to political, economic, environmental and technological change. It must be transparent and act with integrity. It must be a well-governed and accountable public body, independent from those it regulates, and follow its own principles of good governance and reporting.

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration:  £35,000 per annum

Closes: 17 September

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Financial Reporting Council – Chair

“Transport Focus is the independent watchdog for transport users, and an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport. We’re led by a Board of non-executive directors and run by a management team. As Chair, you will be expected to work in partnership with staff and key stakeholders across the country. You will ensure that the user voice is not only heard but understood and acted upon by those in positions of influence. This is a role for a true leader, a proactive person with the capacity and passion to identify the need for, and promote, change, and communicate superbly. You will chair monthly meetings of the Transport Focus board.”

Time: 2.5 days per week

Remuneration:  £125,000 per annum

Closes: 09 September

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Chair – Ordnance Survey

“OS’s mapping data is relied on by every one of us. If you call for the fire service or an ambulance, more often than not it is OS data that is used to find you. Want to locate your nearest post office, cinema or supermarket? OS is there, supporting the search engines and pointing you in the right direction. As the national mapping services provider of Great Britain, OS provides critical location data and know-how to more than 5,000 organisations working for the public good in areas such as housing, the natural environment, connected transport and national security, and to a broad range of business sectors including energy, utility, property, retail and finance. OS is looking for a Non-Executive Chair with exceptional board leadership skills and a proven track record of building commercial businesses to support management in driving the long-term, profitable growth of the company.”

Time: 60 days per annum minimum

Remuneration: £50,000 per annum.

Closes: 26 September

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Office for the Internal Market – and more

19 Jul

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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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

– – – – – – – – – –

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

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Non-Executive Directors at Homes England – and more

5 Jul

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.

– – – – – – – – – –

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

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of the Committee on Fuel Poverty – and more

28 Jun

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.

– – – – – – – – – –

Scottish Housing Regulator – Board Members

“Join the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) to protect and promote the interests of tenants and others who use social housing services, such as people who may be homeless and Gypsy/Travellers.  Due to retirements, Scottish Ministers would like to appoint two new Board members to complement the existing SHR Board team. The Board sets the Regulator’s strategic direction and ensures it is focused on key priorities to meet its statutory objective. SHR is an independent regulator that reports directly to the Scottish Parliament.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: £9,348 per annum.

Closes: 28 June

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The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) Corporation – Chair

“The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) is a workplace pension scheme designed around the needs of employers and workers to support automatic enrolment. Nest offers a high quality, easy to use way to save for retirement and is now the largest defined contribution pension scheme in terms of members. Nest currently has 9.5 million individuals saving with it and it is currently looking after £14.5 billion on behalf of those members. Nest Corporation is the Trustee of the scheme and a Public Corporation based in London. Though Nest Corporation is independent from government, it is accountable to Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).”

Time: 2.5 days per week minimum.

Remuneration: £91,000 per annum.

Closes: 30 June

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Digital Health Care Wales – Chair

“The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners. The Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales will: lead development of a strategic vision for DHCW, ensuring the promotion of a culture of continuous improvement and digital transformation across the organisation and more widely across health and social care; provide effective and visible leadership, both externally and internally to DHCW across the breadth of its responsibilities, including the advancement of equality, diversity, inclusion and the Welsh Language and culture; ensure the Board works effectively to support challenge, scrutiny and assure operational delivery, maintaining focus on strategic aims, reinforced by strong governance…”

Time: 14.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £43,326 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 30 June

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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: 02 July

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Power to Change – Trustee

“Power to Change backs community businesses, and helps communities use shared power and business to transform where they live. To achieve this effectively, we need expertise and knowledge from the frontline of working in those communities and real insights into the challenges of running a community business. This will help us provide the most appropriate support possible and sharpen our advocacy and influencing on behalf of community business. We are looking for motivated individuals to make an active contribution and bring the community perspective to robust board discussions, and be a passionate advocate for all our work.”

Time: See ad.

Remuneration: Reasonable travel expenses.

Closes: 04 July

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Office of Rail and Road – Non-Executive Directors

“We are seeking up to three Non-Executive Board Members to strengthen our board’s capability across the following areas: data analytics and understanding the application of big data; infrastructure operations and delivery programme management; sustainability and decarbonisation; digital technology and innovation; consumer interests and promoting the use of the networks. Our current board members are from a range of disciplines and sectors and we are keen to receive applications from individuals who are also able to represent the diverse views of rail passengers, freight customers, road users, and their representatives. Previous executive experience across the transport (aviation, marine, rail or road) and infrastructure sectors and operation of other infrastructure networks may be helpful.”

Time: 3.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum

Closes: 07 July

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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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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 meeting’ expenses.

Closes: 25 July

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Board of the Scottish Housing Regulator – and more

21 Jun

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.

– – – – – – – – – –

Scottish Housing Regulator – Board Members

“Join the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) to protect and promote the interests of tenants and others who use social housing services, such as people who may be homeless and Gypsy/Travellers.  Due to retirements, Scottish Ministers would like to appoint two new Board members to complement the existing SHR Board team. The Board sets the Regulator’s strategic direction and ensures it is focused on key priorities to meet its statutory objective. SHR is an independent regulator that reports directly to the Scottish Parliament.”

Time: One day per week.

Remuneration: £9,348 per annum.

Closes: 28 June

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The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) Corporation – Chair

“The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) is a workplace pension scheme designed around the needs of employers and workers to support automatic enrolment. Nest offers a high quality, easy to use way to save for retirement and is now the largest defined contribution pension scheme in terms of members. Nest currently has 9.5 million individuals saving with it and it is currently looking after £14.5 billion on behalf of those members. Nest Corporation is the Trustee of the scheme and a Public Corporation based in London. Though Nest Corporation is independent from government, it is accountable to Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).”

Time: 2.5 days per week minimum.

Remuneration: £91,000 per annum.

Closes: 30 June

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Digital Health Care Wales – Chair

“The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners. The Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales will: lead development of a strategic vision for DHCW, ensuring the promotion of a culture of continuous improvement and digital transformation across the organisation and more widely across health and social care; provide effective and visible leadership, both externally and internally to DHCW across the breadth of its responsibilities, including the advancement of equality, diversity, inclusion and the Welsh Language and culture; ensure the Board works effectively to support challenge, scrutiny and assure operational delivery, maintaining focus on strategic aims, reinforced by strong governance…”

Time: 14.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £43,326 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 30 June

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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: 02 July

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Power to Change – Trustee

“Power to Change backs community businesses, and helps communities use shared power and business to transform where they live. To achieve this effectively, we need expertise and knowledge from the frontline of working in those communities and real insights into the challenges of running a community business. This will help us provide the most appropriate support possible and sharpen our advocacy and influencing on behalf of community business. We are looking for motivated individuals to make an active contribution and bring the community perspective to robust board discussions, and be a passionate advocate for all our work.”

Time: See ad.

Remuneration: Reasonable travel expenses.

Closes: 04 July

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Office of Rail and Road – Non-Executive Directors

“We are seeking up to three Non-Executive Board Members to strengthen our board’s capability across the following areas: data analytics and understanding the application of big data; infrastructure operations and delivery programme management; sustainability and decarbonisation; digital technology and innovation; consumer interests and promoting the use of the networks. Our current board members are from a range of disciplines and sectors and we are keen to receive applications from individuals who are also able to represent the diverse views of rail passengers, freight customers, road users, and their representatives. Previous executive experience across the transport (aviation, marine, rail or road) and infrastructure sectors and operation of other infrastructure networks may be helpful.”

Time: 3.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum

Closes: 07 July

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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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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

Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. CEO of the UK Infrastructure Bank – and more

14 Jun

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 City of Culture 2025 Expert Panel – Members

“DCMS has launched the search for the UK City of Culture 2025. The expert advisory panel will assess the bids for the title and make recommendations to the Secretary of State for DCMS at each stage of the competition. We are seeking individuals with experience ranging across but not limited to: arts and culture (including artists and practitioners), community engagement, youth, evidence and analysis, creative industries, commercial and business, finance, heritage, museums, health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, place-making and regeneration, marketing and communication; environmental sustainability, digital, international and tourism. In total, there will be 11 panel members, including the Chair, Deputy Chair and four nation representatives for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.”

Time: 15-18 days.

Remuneration: None

Closes: 21 June

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National Library of Scotland – Chair

“The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is the largest library in Scotland, one of the pre-eminent research libraries in Europe and the major centre for the study of Scottish literature and culture.  In recent years it has developed a reputation for highly innovative approaches to widening access to its collections and expanding engagement with the many diverse communities in Scotland.  This remains the core theme of the Library’s recently published future strategy, ‘Reaching People’.  In 2025 the National Library will celebrate its centenary and the Chair will be expected to play a leading role in the events marking that important milestone.”

Time: “The time available to make a full contribution to the Library”.

Remuneration: None

Closes: 21 June

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The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) Corporation – Chair

“The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) is a workplace pension scheme designed around the needs of employers and workers to support automatic enrolment. Nest offers a high quality, easy to use way to save for retirement and is now the largest defined contribution pension scheme in terms of members. Nest currently has 9.5 million individuals saving with it and it is currently looking after £14.5 billion on behalf of those members. Nest Corporation is the Trustee of the scheme and a Public Corporation based in London. Though Nest Corporation is independent from government, it is accountable to Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).”

Time: 2.5 days per week minimum.

Remuneration: £91,000 per annum.

Closes: 30 June

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Digital Health Care Wales – Chair

“The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners. The Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales will: lead development of a strategic vision for DHCW, ensuring the promotion of a culture of continuous improvement and digital transformation across the organisation and more widely across health and social care; provide effective and visible leadership, both externally and internally to DHCW across the breadth of its responsibilities, including the advancement of equality, diversity, inclusion and the Welsh Language and culture; ensure the Board works effectively to support challenge, scrutiny and assure operational delivery, maintaining focus on strategic aims, reinforced by strong governance…”

Time: 14.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £43,326 per annum plus expenses.

Closes: 30 June

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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: 02 July

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Office of Rail and Road – Non-Executive Directors

“We are seeking up to three Non-Executive Board Members to strengthen our board’s capability across the following areas: data analytics and understanding the application of big data; infrastructure operations and delivery programme management; sustainability and decarbonisation; digital technology and innovation; consumer interests and promoting the use of the networks. Our current board members are from a range of disciplines and sectors and we are keen to receive applications from individuals who are also able to represent the diverse views of rail passengers, freight customers, road users, and their representatives. Previous executive experience across the transport (aviation, marine, rail or road) and infrastructure sectors and operation of other infrastructure networks may be helpful.”

Time: 3.5 days per month.

Remuneration: £20,000 per annum

Closes: 07 July

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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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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