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Reflections on due diligence

Friday 6 March 2020

Due diligence is an important part of the public appointments process, to check whether there are any reputational risks raised by the candidates being considered. Yet there are unresolved questions about how due diligence should be undertaken in order to be fair to applicants and not to produce avoidable delays in competitions. The Governance Code […]

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Data and Diversity in Public Appointments

Tuesday 10 December 2019

The understanding of the importance of diversity on the boards of public bodies has grown increasingly in recent years. Public bodies make decisions that impact upon all of us and it is crucial that the individuals making those decisions are reflective of the society they serve. Decisions are more effective when they are led by […]

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Delroy Beverley gives his advice on preparing for a public appointment

Monday 11 November 2019

He recently spoke to OCPA about his experience of holidng public appointments, and gave his advice to prospective candidates on how best to prepare when applying for a public appointment.   Delroy also spoke about how his life experience contributed to him being ready to take up a public appointment and the value of having […]

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Mixed progress on diversity of public appointments – more attention is needed

Thursday 17 October 2019

My annual report for 2018-19 is generally reassuring about the way that the public appointments system is working. There has been no great scandals or major complaints to my office and the record on appointing women and those from ethnic minorities is better than the private sector. But it is my view there remains a […]

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Commissioner for Public Appointments – Annual Report 2018-19

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Peter Riddell, independent Commissioner for Public Appointments, today published his annual report for 2018 – 2019 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 shows that in 2018 – 2019: 972 new appointments and […]

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Concluding competitions within three months of the closing date

Monday 1 July 2019

A timely and efficient public appointments system is essential to public confidence. Too often, what Sir Gerry Grimstone in his 2016 review called ‘customer care’, is not given the priority it should receive. Appointment processes can drag on for weeks, sometimes even months, with candidates being left in the dark – so a few, even […]

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Commissioner responds to Cabinet Office’s revised Public Appointments Diversity Action Plan

Friday 28 June 2019

I appreciate the thought that the Government has given to achieving greater diversity in appointments – in particular, raising the profile of the issue by including it in single departmental plans and making it part of the appraisal of Permanent Secretaries. These steps are welcome and important. Following on from the workshop I held earlier […]

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Valuing Diversity

Friday 21 June 2019

The strongest case for increasing diversity on the boards of public bodies comes from members of under-represented groups themselves. At present, there is an increased focus on those declaring disabilities as we await the Government’s response to last December’s report on the issue from Chris Holmes, a Conservative life peer and medal winning Paralympian in […]

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Commissioner speaks at Constitution Unit event: Public Appointments – Two Years on from Grimstone – Finding the Right People to Run Public Bodies

Thursday 21 February 2019

Peter Riddell, Commissioner for Public Appointments, took part in an discussion on public appointments, organised by the Constitution Unit at UCL. You can read a copy of his speech here: Commissioner’s speech at Constitution Unit

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Does Lord Holmes’ Review on Disability and public appointments hold lessons for us all?

Thursday 24 January 2019

On 3 December, International Day of People with Disabilities, we launched The Lord Holmes Review: opening up public appointments to disabled people in the Churchill Room in 100 Parliament street. Given that disability was at the heart of this project, the Review team was conscious from the very beginning that it was paramount that all public-facing aspects […]

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