Welcome to the website of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in England and Wales – the guardian of the processes used to make Ministerial public appointments on merit.
Review of Public Appointments Regulation
On 1 April 2012 I introduced a new regulatory regime for public appointments, making it more proportionate, principles and risk based. The focus of the new system will be on 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.
At the centre of the new system is the new slimmed down Code of Practice, and the new cadre of Public Appointments Assessors who will be chairing the panels for the appointment of all Chairs of public bodies. The new Code will apply to all public appointments processes starting on or after 1 April 2012.
Sir David Normington
Commissioner for Public Appointments
A new Public Appointments Order in Council has been approved by the Privy Council
The Commissioner for Public Appointments has published his Public Appointments Diversity Strategy
The Commissioner for Public Appointments today announces the publication of his 2011/12 Annual Report
David Normington was interviewed by the Sunday Times on 7 October 2012 on recruiting non-executive directors to public bodies, and the challenge to departments to think creatively about how to attract strong and diverse fields.
The Commissioner spoke at the launch of Women on Boards UK on Monday 24 September.
Following the Tuesday 18 September release of the statistics on Ministerial appointments and reappointments to public bodies 2011/12, a review revealed gaps in the underlying data, with one Department’s data return not being included in the original analysis. This data has now been incorporated. This has changed the figures in tables 1-24 (with total appointments and reappointments increasing from 1637 to 1740). The new data have altered the proportions reported in the statistical analysis by less than a percentage point in each case.
The Commissioner announces the introduction of the new regulatory system for public appointments with a new Code of Practice, and new guidance on Chairing Competitions for public appointments, starting on 1 April 2012.