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 and more about my remit and how I regulate public appointments. 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

10 June 2015
Departmental Compliance Ratings are published.

1 June 2015
Public Appointment Assessors (PAAs) discuss the public appointments process

27 April 2015
Commissioner welcomes new BIS centre of expertise for public appointments.

24 March 2015
Review of the Office of the Commissioner for Public appointments announced.

13 February 2015
Three public Appointees talk about their experiences.

9 February 2015
If you have recently applied for a public appointment, the Commissioner for Public Appointments would like to find out what you thought of the process. We would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete this Candidate Survey.


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