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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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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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