Tuesday 27 June 2017
Before looking at what is included, it may be more helpful to start with what is excluded. The civil service and the diplomatic service, the armed forces, the intelligence agencies and the judiciary (covered since 2006 by the Judicial Appointments Commission) are not regarded as public appointments in this sense. That leaves a large number […]
Friday 21 April 2017
The Commissioner has today written to Chris Skidmore MP, outlining his plans to monitor the Government’s Governance Code.
Thursday 30 March 2017
One of the most fraught issues in public appointments is managing allegations of conflicts of interest. An appointee who has previously worked or still works in an area covered by the public body can be, and often is, criticised for that reason. This is not, however, a straightforward question.
Wednesday 22 February 2017
Nothing annoys applicants for public appointments more than long, and unexplained, delays between an interview and a decision. That can also deter good candidates from applying. The problem is not new, and is unlikely to disappear completely.
Friday 16 December 2016
For the last two decades, the appointment of non-executive chairs and members of the boards of public bodies has involved a balance of two principles. First, that ministers should be fully involved and decide whom to appoint. Second, that a list of appointable candidates should be drawn up on a basis of merit and on fair and equal terms for all.