The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Appointments Process

The Royal Charter requires the appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel to be made in a fair and open way, and the appointments to be made on merit. The Appointments Committee will be responsible for running the appointment process and making the appointments to the Recognition Panel. The Commissioner’s role will be to set the framework in which the appointments are made to ensure they are made in a fair and open way and on merit.

The Appointments Committee

The Royal Charter requires the Committee to be chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor (PAA).  PAAs are appointed by the Commissioner to help him in ensuring that the most high profile public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition. All PAAs were themselves appointed on merit after a fair and open recruitment process.

The members of the Appointments Committee are:

  • Dame Anne Pringle (Chair), former British Ambassador to Moscow and a current Public Appointment Assessor
  • Dr Chitra Bharucha, former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and former member of the General Medical Council
  • Andrew Flanagan, former Chief Executive of the Scottish Media Group and current Civil Service Commissioner; and
  • Elizabeth France, former Information Commissioner and current Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.

Read the biographies of the Appointments Committee.

Chair of the Board of the Recognition Panel

On 26 June 2014 the Appointments Committee announced the appointment of Dr David Wolfe QC as the first chair of the Recognition Panel. The newly appointed chair will now work alongside the Appointments Committee to appoint the other members of the Board.

Applying for a role on the Board of the Recognition Panel

Details of how to apply to become a member of the Board of the Recognition Panel are available here: www.recognitionpanelappointments.com

Complaints about the appointment process

The Appointments Committee must make the appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel in a fair and open way and on merit as the Royal Charter requires.  The Commissioner will therefore fully investigate any complaint made to him that the process followed in making the appointments has not complied with these requirements.

Complaints should be forwarded (clearly marked as a complaint) to appointingtherecognitionpanel@csc.gsi.gov.uk