The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Peter Riddell

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.

If you are interested in applying for a public appointment, current vacancies are advertised on the and Public Appointments pages.

Peter Riddell


Latest News

26 October 2016
Annual Report and BBC Board Appointments

15 September 2016
Commissioner’s statement on the draft BBC Charter

18 August 2016
Public Appointment Statistics for 2015-16

17 August 2016
Publication of Statistical Bulletin

20 July 2016
2016 Order in Council

07 July 2016
The Commissioner comments on the PACAC report “Better Public Appointments?: The Grimstone Review on Public Appointments”

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

18 March 2016
Sir David Normington sets out his concerns about proposed changes to the system of 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.




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