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News: Annual Statistical Bulletin and Annual Report 2016-17

Thursday 29 June 2017

The Commissioner for Public Appointments intends to publish his annual statistical bulletin (official statistics) along with his annual report for 2016-17, on Tuesday 4 July at 09:30

What is a public appointment?

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Before looking at what is included, it may be more helpful to start with what is excluded. The civil service and the diplomatic service, the armed forces, the intelligence agencies and the judiciary (covered since 2006 by the Judicial Appointments Commission) are not regarded as public appointments in this sense. That leaves a large number […]

News: Letter from the Commissioner to Chris Skidmore MP

Friday 21 April 2017

The Commissioner has today written to Chris Skidmore MP, outlining his plans to monitor the Government’s Governance Code.

Managing conflicts of interest

Thursday 30 March 2017

One of the most fraught issues in public appointments is managing allegations of conflicts of interest. An appointee who has previously worked or still works in an area covered by the public body can be, and often is, criticised for that reason. This is not, however, a straightforward question.

Transparency in Public Appointments

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Nothing annoys applicants for public appointments more than long, and unexplained, delays between an interview and a decision. That can also deter good candidates from applying. The problem is not new, and is unlikely to disappear completely.

Keeping better statistics

Thursday 9 February 2017

As Commissioner for Public Appointments I know what I am regulating but not whom. This inhibits my newly enhanced role as champion of diversity since I have only a partial, and inaccurate, view of who serves on public bodies.

The new rules

Friday 16 December 2016

For the last two decades, the appointment of non-executive chairs and members of the boards of public bodies has involved a balance of two principles. First, that ministers should be fully involved and decide whom to appoint. Second, that a list of appointable candidates should be drawn up on a basis of merit and on fair and equal terms for all.

Commissioner writes to the Guardian about diversity in public appointments

The Commissioner’s letter to the Guardian can be read hereĀ