Welcome to the website for the Commissioner for Public Appointments. My role is to act as the guardian of the processes used by Ministers (Ministers of the Crown and Welsh Ministers) to make appointments to the Boards of public bodies.
Public bodies take decisions on a daily basis which affect every aspect of our lives: the price of gas and electricity, the quality of our hospitals and schools, standards and ethics in public life; the quality and availability of sports, arts and culture. It is in all our interests, as citizens, that those appointed to serve on public bodies are skilled, experienced and understand the public they serve. They should be recruited from a diverse range of backgrounds. The Commissioner’s Code of Practice sets out the principles that all Government departments must follow to ensure the process of appointment is fair and open and that those appointed are selected on merit.
In March 2015 the Government commissioned a review of the way appointments are made to public bodies and published a response to the review’s recommendations in April 2016. I will be working closely with the Government, Parliament and other interested groups on the proposed changes over the next few months. Until the new system is finalised the processes currently in place as set out in the Code of Practice continue.
This website provides further information on the role of Commissioner including annual reports, statistics and information on how to make a complaint about a public appointment.
29 June 2016
Commissioner writes to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
12 May 2016
Commissioner’s statement – Government publication of BBC White Paper
20 April 2016
Peter Riddell confirmed as Commissioner for Public Appointments
14 April 2016
Update on appointment of Commissioner for Public Appointments
17 March 2016
Sir David Normington welcomes Peter Riddell as the Government’s preferred candidate to become Commissioner for Public Appointments
11 March 2016
Sir David Normington’s response to the Review and the Government’s written statement.
11 March 2016
Publication of the Review of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and Government statement.
21 January 2016
Recruitment of a new Commissioner for Public Appointments.