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Diversity in Public Appointments

Wednesday 17 October 2018

The problem with discussing diversity in public appointments is whether to talk about a glass half full or half empty. I am acutely aware of this dilemma as one of my main responsibilities as Commissioner of Public Appointments is to champion diversity and the record is both better than in much of the private sector […]

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Regulating Public Appointments

Monday 15 October 2018

The first half of my five year term as Public Appointments Commissioner has been an almost continuous period of transitions and changes- the introduction of a new regulatory framework and the Government’s new Governance Code in January 2017,  an unexpected general election and two changes of Cabinet Office minister dealing with appointments. The impact is […]

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Public Appointments Commissioner Annual Report 2017-18

Monday 15 October 2018

Peter Riddell, independent Commissioner for Public Appointments, today published his annual report for 2017-18 which contains information about his role in regulating appointments made by Ministers to the Boards of public bodies in England and Wales under the government’s Governance Code. The report also includes some management information based on an annual survey about public […]

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Commissioner speaks at Public Chairs’ Forum event

Thursday 7 June 2018

Peter Riddell took part in an event organised by the Public Chairs’ Forum on ‘Diversity and Equality in public appointments’ on 6 June 2018. You can read a copy of his speech here.

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Correspondence with Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Monday 19 March 2018

The Commissioner has today written to Sam Gymiah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.  This was in response to the Minister’s letter of 6th March, which related to the recent appointments to the Office for Students.

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Investigation into the recruitment of the Chair of the Charity Commission

Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Commission has concluded his investigation into the recruitment of the Chair of the Charity Commission.  In relation to that competition, he has also written to: Hon Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Damian Collins MP, Chair of DCMS Committee Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society Sir […]

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Commissioner writes to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Commissioner has written to the Hon Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, to update him on the work of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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Letter to Steve Reed MP in relation to the Chair of the Charity Commission

Tuesday 27 February 2018

The Commissioner has written to Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society, in relation to the recent competition to appoint the Chair of the Charity Commission.

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Report on appointments to the board of the Office for Students

Monday 26 February 2018

The Commissioner’s role is to regulate and monitor appointments made by ministers to the boards of public bodies to ensure they are in line with Government’s Governance Code 2016. The Commissioner investigated these appointments under Section 4(3) of the Public Appointment’s Order in Council 2016.  He has also replied to correspondence he received about the […]

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Letter to the DCMS Committee in relation to the Chair of the Charity Commission

Wednesday 21 February 2018

The Commissioner has today written to the Damian Collins MP – Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee – in relation to the recruitment process used during the competition to recruit a Chair of the Charity Commission.

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