The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Sir David Normington

Welcome to the website of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  The Commissioner is the guardian of the processes used by Ministers (primarily Ministers of the Crown and Welsh Ministers) to make public appointments on merit.

Public bodies, appointed by Government, 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 public bodies have boards which are skilled, experienced and understand the communities they serve.

My role as a regulator is to ensure that the best people get appointed to public bodies free of personal and political patronage. My Code of Practice requires those making public appointments to comply with three principles – merit, fairness and openness. It is designed to provide Ministers with a choice of high quality candidates, drawn from a strong and diverse field.

You can find out more about the Code of Practice here, and more about my remit and how I regulate public appointments here. If you are interested in applying for a public appointment, the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website provides an up to date list of current opportunities.

Sir David Normington GCB
Commissioner for Public Appointments

Latest News

5 November 2014: The Commissioner for Public Appointments publishes his 2013/14 Annual Report

31 October 2014: Five initial members of the Board of the Recognition Panel announced

1 September 2014: Chair of the BBC Trust

18 July 2014: Commentary on Annual Statistics 2013/14

18 July 2014: The Office of the Commissioner has today published its annual statistical release on appointments and reappointments made in 2013/14 to public bodies within the Commissioner’s remit

10 July 2014: Pre-release notification – statistics on the number of appointments and reappointments to public bodies that fall within the remit of the Commissioner will be released on 17 Jul 2014

26 June 2014: David Wolfe to Chair the Recognition Panel

1 May 2014: Press self-regulation update

14 April 2014: Increasing diversity in public appointments

28 March 2014: The Commissioner for Public Appointments has now published his Business Plan for the period April 2014 to March 2015.

17 March 2014: Public appointments and political activity


Civil Service Commission website
Code of Practice (PDF, 203 kb)