News and Blog

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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Further letter to Education Select Committee

Thursday 8 February 2018

The Commissioner has written to the Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, to update him on the current investigation into the recent Office for Students competition.

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Letter to Education Select Committee

Thursday 11 January 2018

The Commissioner has today written to the Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, in relation to the recent Office for Students competition.

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Due Dilligence Matters

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Appointments to members of boards, as opposed to chairs, are largely self-regulated by departments subject to the Government’s Governance Code which I monitor as a regulator. What this means is that vacancies for posts are publicly advertised after the panel agrees a recruitment strategy with ministers, candidates apply and can also be suggested by ministers […]

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Centre for Public Appointments’ Diversity Action Plan

Thursday 14 December 2017

Everyone agrees about the desirability of the goals. The ‘how’ is what matters. The Cabinet Office’s ‘Public Appointments Diversity Action Plan’ offers both the right ambitions for broadening diversity and sets out some sensible practical steps for achieving them. The record of the past few years offers clear pointers. Considerable progress has been made in […]

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