Public Appointments Statistics for 2015 -2016 (18 August 2016)
Press Notice 18 August 2016
PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS – STATISTICS FOR 2015-2016
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
- Peter Riddell was appointed as Commissioner for Public Appointments on 20 April 2016.
- 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.
- For more information about the work of the Commissioner go to: http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk
- 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.
- 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/better-public-appointments-review-of-the-public-appointments-process.