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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:

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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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Lord Holmes Review – Statement from Peter Riddell

Monday 3 December 2018

‘Lord Holmes’ report is full of insights about the major barriers- both practically and in terms of perception- that account for the unacceptably low levels of people with disabilities holding public appointments. I support his recommendations to Government aimed at improving the application and selection process. These changes will inevitably require additional resources and commitment by […]

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Diversity in Public Appointments

Wednesday 17 October 2018

The problem with discussing diversity in public appointments is whether to talk about a glass half full or half empty. I am acutely aware of this dilemma as one of my main responsibilities as Commissioner of Public Appointments is to champion diversity and the record is both better than in much of the private sector […]

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Regulating Public Appointments

Monday 15 October 2018

The first half of my five year term as Public Appointments Commissioner has been an almost continuous period of transitions and changes- the introduction of a new regulatory framework and the Government’s new Governance Code in January 2017,  an unexpected general election and two changes of Cabinet Office minister dealing with appointments. The impact is […]

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Public Appointments Commissioner Annual Report 2017-18

Monday 15 October 2018

Peter Riddell, independent Commissioner for Public Appointments, today published his annual report for 2017-18 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 also includes some management information based on an annual survey about public […]

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Commissioner speaks at Public Chairs’ Forum event

Thursday 7 June 2018

Peter Riddell took part in an event organised by the Public Chairs’ Forum on ‘Diversity and Equality in public appointments’ on 6 June 2018. You can read a copy of his speech here.

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