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Public Appointments Statistics for 2015 -2016 (18 August 2016)

Press Notice 18 August 2016


The data collected by Departments about appointments made by Ministers to public bodies in 2015-2016 has been published today by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The statistical bulletin is available here

Commenting on the figures, Peter Riddell, Commissioner for Public Appointments said:

“I welcome the continued record numbers of appointments of women to the boards of public bodies; this year 45.4% of appointments and reappointments went to women, compared to 45.2% in 2014-15.

“I am also pleased to see some improvement in the appointment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, which made up 8.4% of appointments and reappointments this year, having been on a downward trend for a number of years. But there is clearly a great deal more to do to develop boards that are more representative of society as a whole.


“The figures published today rely on data returns submitted by Departments and for some indicators, such as declared political activity, the information is not sufficiently robust to allow meaningful analysis. I hope the government’s new transparency regime for public appointments will help Departments take a more consistent approach to the collection of key data.”


Notes to Editors

  1. Peter Riddell was appointed as Commissioner for Public Appointments on 20 April 2016.
  2. The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates the processes by which Ministers in the UK and Welsh Governments make appointments to the boards of national and regional public bodies.
  3. For more information about the work of the Commissioner go to:
  4. The post of Commissioner for Public Appointments was created in 1995 following a report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Lord Nolan.
  5. The government has announced its intention to change the way that appointments to public bodies are made and regulated by the Commissioner following a review of public appointments led by Sir Gerry Grimstone. For more information:

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