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COVID-19 and Public Appointments

Thursday 4 June 2020

I have been very sympathetic to requests by departments to freeze competitions and to extend the tenure of current incumbents, or to make temporary interim appointments, and my office has speedily processed such submissions. There are several reasonable factors. In some cases, key officials involved in appointmexnts or in interviewing have been transferred into direct […]

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Cindy Butts advises on what it means to be a Senior Independent Panel Member (SIPM)

Wednesday 13 May 2020

During a sit down with OCPA, Cindy expresses what it means to be a Senior Independent Panel Member, what she gets involved with in her role, and what that means for the recruitment of public appointees. Cindy also talks about her experience of the recruitment process to becoming a SIPM, her experience of being a […]

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Senior Independent Panel Members and public assurance

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Under the Cabinet Office Governance Code, every appointment must have an independent member involved in the process, but for what are known as ‘significant appointments’, commonly those where the post is high profile, notably the chair of a body, a regulator or prominent office holder, there must be  a Senior Independent Panel Member (SIPM) to […]

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OCPA statement on public appointment processes in Wales during social distancing public health provisions due to COVID-19

Monday 23 March 2020

The Commissioner and the Welsh Government agreed a temporary pause on competitions for public appointments made by Welsh Ministers, on 23 March 2020. The detail can be read here. The decision remained under review and as a result of updated public health advice, on 30 June the Welsh Government decided to lift the suspension of […]

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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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