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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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Lord Holmes Review: Opening up Public Appointments to Disabled People

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE has today written a guest blog on the Conservative Disability Group website, talking about his review into opening up public appointments to disabled people. You can read his blog here: https://www.conservativedisabilitygroup.com/news/guest-blog-lord-holmes-richmond-mbe

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Diversity Data in Public Appointments

Friday 14 December 2018

A major challenge of being Commissioner for Public Appointments is the uneven quality of the data we are able to publish each year on diversity. It makes it much harder to suggest and monitor policies and initiatives when we do not know the attributes of those applying for, and receiving, public appointments. This problem has […]

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Commissioner’s Response to the Lord Holmes Review

Wednesday 5 December 2018

The Lord Holmes review published this week has forcefully highlighted the need to open up  public appointments much more for disabled people – challenging the Government and public bodies to take action. As advocate for diversity in appointments, I warmly welcome both the analysis in the review and the thrust of the main recommendations. A […]

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