The Commissioner for Public Appointments

 

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 gov.uk and wales.gov.uk Public Appointments pages.

Peter Riddell

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Latest News

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.

29 October 2015
The Commissioner for Public Appointments has today published his annual report for 2014-15.

3 August 2015
A new Public Appointments Order in Council 2015 has been approved by the Privy Council.

29 July 2015
The Office of the Commissioner has today published its commentary of the Annual Statistical Survey of Ministerial Appointments and Reappointments for 2014/15.

29 July 2015
The Office of the Commissioner has today published its Annual Statistical Survey of Ministerial Appointments and Reappointments for 2014/15 to public bodies which the Commissioner regulates.

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.

Resources

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