The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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What we do

The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates the processes by which Ministers (including Welsh Ministers) make appointments to the boards of national and regional public bodies. He also currently regulates appointments processes in relation to some bodies in Northern Ireland.

What the Commissioner does

The Commissioner’s main functions are set out in the Public Appointments Order in Council 2015, as amended. They are:

  • Regulating public appointments processes within his remit by:
    • Publishing a Code of Practice setting out the principles and core processes for merit-based selection processes;
    • Requiring Public Appointments Assessors to chair the panels appointing Chairs of public bodies and senior statutory officeholders, and
    • Investigating complaints about the appointment processes within his remit.
  • Monitoring compliance with his Code of Practice by:
    • regular audit of appointments processes within his remit;
    • issuing an Annual Report giving detailed information about appointments processes, summaries of the audit, complaints made and highlights of the main issues which have arisen during the previous 12 months.
  • Promoting economy, efficiency, effectiveness and diversity and equality of opportunity in the procedures for making such public appointments with the object of maintaining the principle of selection on merit in relation to public appointments within his remit.

What the Commissioner does not do

The Commissioner for Public Appointments does not:

  • make appointments himself;
  • provide information about the availability of public appointments; or
  • deal with the procedures or respond to queries relating to appointments which do not fall within his remit, such as civil service appointments, or judicial appointments.  For civil service appointments contact the Civil Service Commission; for judicial appointments please contact the Judicial Appointments Commission.