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Exceptional Appointments made without a competition

Paragraph 3.3 of the Governance Code allows, in exceptional circumstances, for Ministers to appoint a candidate without a competition following a consultation with the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

There is a requirement in the Governance Code for Ministers to make the decision public alongside their reasons for doing so.

A list of exceptional appointments made without a competition is set out below along with the Commissioner’s observations. The Commissioner updates this list quarterly, following announcements of the exceptional appointments by government.

2020/21

Date Approved Department Body Role Name Appointment Length Reason  Correspondence between Commissioner and government Announcement
18 June 2020 Cabinet Office EHRC Chair Caroline Waters 6 months To allow for competition and pre-appointment scrutiny Letter (PDF, 1 page, 260KB) Gov.uk announcement

 

18 June 2020 Cabinet Office EHRC Member Susan Johnson 6 months To allow for competition and pre-appointment scrutiny Letter (PDF, 1 page, 260 KB) Gov.uk announcement

 

2 June 2020 MOJ CAFCASS Chair Sally Cheshire 9 months
(Extension)
To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 58 KB) Cafcass announcement

 

18 May 2020 DHSC NHS Digital Chair Laura  Wade-Gery 7 months
(Extension)
To allow for competition after internal review Email (PDF, 1 page, 58 KB) Gov.uk announcement 
7 May 2020 WG Swansea Bay University Health Board Member Martyn Waygood 1 year
(Extension)
To allow for competition for vice-chair Email (PDF, 1 page, 60 KB) Welsh Government announcement

 

23 April 2020 BEIS Small Business Commissioner Chair Philip King 6 months
(Extension)
To allow for competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 103 KB)  Gov.uk announcement
23 April 2020 BEIS Regulatory Policy Committee Chair Stephen Gibson 9 months
To allow for competition after immediate resignation of previous chair Letter (PDF, 1 page, 102 KB) Gov.uk announcement

 

16 April 2020 Home Office Independent Family Returns Panel Chair Helen Chamberlain 6 months To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 59 KB) Gov.uk announcement

 

7 April 2020 DWP The Pensions Ombudsman Member Claire Ryan 1 year Nature of the role is changing Letter (PDF, 2 pages, 102 KB) Gov.uk announcement

 

2019/20

Date Approved Department Body Role Name Appointment Length Reason Correspondence between Commissioner and government
20 March 2020 DCMS Visit England Advisory Board Chair Fiona Pollard 3 months To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 59 KB
19 March 2020 WG National Library of Wales Chair Meri Huws 1 year To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 58 KB)
16 March 2020 DfE Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Chair Karen Manners 9 months To allow for competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 68 KB)
13 March 2020 MOD Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons (SACMILL) Chair  Classified 2 years To allow for competition to take place Letter (PDF, 1 page, 634 KB)
5 March 2020 DHSC NICE Chair Tim Irish 2 months extension To allow for competition to begin Email (PDF, 1 page, 57 KB)
5 March 2020 NHSI Pennine Acute Hospital Trust Member Stephen Michael 12 months Trust is being dissolved and requires members during this time  Email (PDF, 1 page, 57 KB)
2 March 2020 Home Office Migration Advisory Committee Chair Brian Bell 6 months To allow for competition to take place Email (PDF, 1 page, 58 KB)
19 February 2020 DfT East West Railway Company Chair Rob Brighouse 6 months extension To allow for competition to take place Letter (PDF, 1 page, 63 KB)
13 February 2020 DCMS Committee for the National Lottery Community Fund Chair Sandra McNamee 9 months To replace member, need NI representation Email (PDF, 1 page, 58 KB)
12 February 2020 MOJ CAFCASS Chair Sally Cheshire 6 months To allow for competition to take place Email (PDF, 1 page, 57 KB)
11 February 2020 Home Office College of Policing Chair Christine Elliot 6 months To allow for competition to take place Email (PDF, 1 page, 57 KB)
5 February 2020 MOD The South Eastern (SE) Veteran Advisory and Pensions Committee Chair David Anderson 6 months To allow for competition to take place Email (PDF, 1 page, 291 KB)
3 February 2020 DFE Student Loans Company Chair Andrew Wathey 12 months To allow competition initially delayed by purdah to take place Email  (PDF, 1 page, 290 KB)
14 January 2020 BEIS Small Business Commissioner Commissioner Philip King 6 months Interim whilst a competition can be held to find a substantive chair Letter (PDF, 1 page, 57 KB)
11 December 2019 DHSC National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Chair Tim Irish 3 months To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 18 KB)
9 December 2019 DEFRA Covent Garden Market Authority Member Victoria Wilson 9 months To support existing members while competition to appoint substantive members is run Letter (PDF, 1 page, 340 KB)
25 November 2019 WG Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales Chair Debbie Williams 2 years Following failed competition Letter (PDF, 1 page 42 KB
13 November 2019 WG Swansea Bay University Health Board Chair Emma Woollett 1 month extension To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 185 KB)
13 November 2019 DCMS S4C Chair Hugh Hesketh-Evans 6 months To allow competition to conclude Letter (PDF, 1 page, 61 KB)
12 November 2019 DCMS National Lottery Heritage Fund Chair René Olivieri 6 months Following resignation of existing Chair Letter (PDF, 1 page, 49 KB)
12 November 2019 DCMS National Lottery Community Fund Chair Tony Burton 12 months Following failed competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 47 KB)
22 October 2019 MHCLG Homes England Chair Simon Dudley 9 months Following resignation of existing Chair Letter (PDF, 1 page, 61 KB)
20 September 2019 and 13 October 2019 WG National Library Wales President Meri Huws 6 months To allow for competition following standing down of existing President due to ill health Email (PDF, 1 page, 181 KB)
18 September 2019 WG Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Vice-Chair Michael Imperato 10 months To support existing interim Chair while competition to appoint substantive Chair is run Email (PDF, 1 page, 2017 KB)
17 September 2019 MOJ Judicial Pension Board Member Russell Agius 2 year reappointment To allow for competition for highly specialist role Email (PDF, 1 page, 184 KB)
16 September 2019 DHSC  NHS England  Member  Ara Darzi  2 years   To ensure board remains quorate Email (PDF, 1 page, 185 KB) 
09 September 2019 NHSI Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Member Aruna Mehta 3 months To provide stability to new Chair of the board Email (PDF, 1 page, 204 KB)
29 August 2019 MHCLG Regulator of Social Housing Chair Simon Dow 12 months Following failed competition  
23 August 2019 DWP Social Security Advisory Committee Chair Liz Sayce 12 months Following the resignation of the existing Chair Email (PDF, 1 page, 195 KB)
14 August 2019 WG Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales Chair Ceri Stradling 3 months  While long term interim Chair is identified Letter (PDF, 1 page, 84 KB)
06 August 2019 WG Swansea Bay University Health Board Vice-Chair Martyn Waygood 8 months To allow for competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 541 KB)
31 July 2019 WG Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Chair Charles Janczewski 12 months To allow for competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 540 KB)
24 July 2019 DWP The Pensions Ombudsman Chair Caroline Rookes 12 months To allow board to be formed Letter (PDF, 1 page, 38 KB)
22 July 2019 WG Hywel Dda University Health Board Vice-Chair Paul Newman 1 month extension Newly appointed Chair unable to take up post Letter (PD, ` page 49 KB)
22 July 2019 WG Hywel Dda University Health Board Chair Judith Hardisty 1 month extension Newly appointed Chair unable to take up post Letter (PDF, 1 page, 49 KB)
22 July 2019 MOD Nuclear Defence Safety Committee Chair Classified Classified Classified Classified
08 July 2019 BEIS Labour Market Enforcement Director Matthew Taylor 12 months To prevent vacancy on board Letter (PD, 1 page, 509 KB)
11 June 2019 WG Swansea Bay Local University Health Board Chair Emma Woollett 6 months To allow for competition Email (PDF, 1 page, 193 KB)
31 May 2019 WG Hywel DDA University Health Board Chair Judith Hardisty 2 month extension Competition delayed Email (PDF, 1 Page, 182 KB)
31 May 2019 WG Hywel DDA University Health Board Vice-Chair Paul Newman 2 month extension Competition delayed Email (PDF, 1 page, 182 KB)
08 April 2019 WG Hywel DDA University Health Board Vice-Chair Paul Newman 2 months To allow for competition Letter (PDF, 1 page, 46 KB)

2018/19

Date Approved Department Body Role Name Appointment Length Reason Correspondence between Commissioner and government
05 March 2019 WG Hywel DDA University Health Board Chair Judith Hardisty 3 months To allow for competiton Letter
04 March 2019 Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service Member David Banks 12 months To allow for competition Email
27 February 2019 DCMS Royal Armouries Chair Hemant Patel 6 month extension To allow for competition Email
26 February 2019 NHSI Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust NED Tim Crowley 12 months While Trust is dissolved  Email
26 February 2019 NHSI Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust NED Hamish Stedman 12 months While Trust is dissolved Email
26 February 2019 BEIS Innovate UK Chair Ian Campbell 9 month extension To allow for competition Email
19 February 2019 NHSI Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust NED John Willis 2 month extension To sign off annual report and accounts Email
19 February 2019 NHSI Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust Chair Jim Potter 12 months While Trust is dissolved Email
15 February 2019 DHSC Human Tissue Authority Chair Bill Horne 5 month extension To allow for competition Email
17 January 2019 WG Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Chair Catherine Hardman 3 months To allow for competition Letter
10 January 2019 DHSC Human Tissue Authority Chair Bill Horne 3 months Following the resignation of the existing Chair Email
23 November 2018 BEIS Science and Technology Facilities Council Chair John Loughead 12 months While organisation is merged Email
19 November 2018 MHCLG Building Regulations Advisory Committee Chair Emma Clancy 18 months Provide stability to board Letter
16 October 2018 DCMS Royal Armouries Chair Hemant Patel 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Science and Technology Facilities Council Member Sheila Rowen 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Science and Technology Facilities Council Member Phillipa Foster 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Medical Research Council Member Jill Pell 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Medical Research Council Member Munir Pirmohamed 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Medical Research Council Member Eleanor Riley 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Medical Research Council Member Graham Spittle 12 months While board closes down Letter
05 October 2018 BEIS Science and Technology Facilities Council Member Frances Saunders 12 months While board closes down Letter
03 October 2018 WG Natural Resources Wales Chair David Henshaw 12 months Following failed competition  Letter
31 August 2018 MOJ Prison Service Pay Review Body Chair Jerry Cope 12 months Following failed competition  Letter
14 August 2018 WG Public Health Wales NED Stephen Palmer 6 months Following failed competition  Letter
14 August 2018 WG Public Health Wales NED Dyfed Edwards 6 months Following failed competition  Letter
27 July 2018 WG Welsh Ambulance Service Trust NED Martin Turner 12 months To allow for competition  Letter
17 July 2018 DFT East West Railway Company Chair Rob Brighouse 12 months To allow board to be established Letter
13 July 2018 DWP Health and Safety Executive Member Paul Kenny 12 months Following failed competition  Letter
06 July 2018 MOJ Youth Justice Board Chair Charlie Taylor 12 months Board undergoing substantial change Email
06 July 2018 MHCLG Housing Ombudsman Service Housing Ombudsman Andrea Keenoy 12 months Following failed competition  Letter
22 June 2018 DFE Office for Students Member Ruth Carlson 3 months extension  To allow for competition  Letter
20 June 2018 DFE Office for Students Statutory Reviewer Geraint Jones 3 months To allow for competition  Letter
08 June 2018 DFT HS2 Ltd Board NED Ed Smith 12 months Following failed competition  Letter
09 May 2018 WG Visit Britain Welsh Representative Jason Thomas 9 months To allow for competition  Letter
08 May 2018 NHS Improvement University Hospitals North Midlands Trust NED Jean Challiner 2 years Provide stability to board Email
08 May 2018 BEIS Nuclear Decommission Authority NED Laurie Haynes 12 months To allow for competition  Email
04 May 2018 NHS Improvement Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Chair David Nicholson 12 months Provide stability to board Email

2017/18

4 January 2018
Office of Road and Rail: Stephen Glaister
Appointment without Competition Ref 248 (PDF, 2 pages, 103 KB)

8 November 2017
North Bristol NHS Trust: Frank Collins
Appointment without Competition Ref 232 (PDF, 2 pages, 108 KB)

8 November 2017
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust: Aruna Metha
Appointment without Competition Ref 231 (PDF, 2 pages, 114 KB)

28 September 2017
Sport Wales: Lawrence Conway CB (further extension)
Appointment without Competition Ref 175 (PDF, 2 pages, 81 KB)

10 September 2017
Seafish:  Brian Young
Appointment without Competition Ref 229 (PDF, 2 pages, 101 KB)

1 September 2017
Youth Justice Board: Bryan Tytherleigh
Appointment without Competition Ref 225 (PDF, 2 pages, 103KB)

19 July 2017
NHS Improvement: Richard Douglas
Appointment without Competition Ref 217 (PDF, 1 page, 97 KB)

30 April 2017
Liverpool Community Health Trust:  Robert Beardall
Appointment without Competition Ref 234 (PDF, 2 pages, 105 KB)

28 April 2017
Sport Wales: Julia Longville
Appointment without Competition Ref 215 (PDF, 2 pages, 96 KB)

21 April 2017
Liverpool Community Health Trust: Sir David Henshaw, Dame Jo Williams, Steve Igoe, Anita Marsland
Appointment without Competition Refs 194, 196-198 (PDF, 3 pages, 113KB)

21 April 2017
Youth Justice Board: Alan Wood  Appointment without competition – Ref 200 (PDF, 2 pages, 95 KB)

21 April 2017
Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust: Jim Potter
Appointment without Competition Ref 186 (PDF)

21 April 2017
National Nuclear Laboratory: Claire Flint
Appointment without competition Ref 178 (PDF)

21 April 2017
OFCOM: Nick Pollard
Appointment without competition Ref 180 (PDF)

21 April 2017
Chair of UK Sport: Lis Astall
Appointment without competition Ref 189 (PDF)

21 April 2017
Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C): Elan Closs Stephens
Appointment without competition Ref 195 (PDF)

7 April 2017
Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Kevin Roberts
Appointment without competition Ref 183 (PDF)

23 March 2017
Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse: Richard Ives
Appointment without competition Ref 179 (PDF)

16 March 2017
Pensions Advisory Service:  Ann Harris
Appointment without competition Ref 173 (PDF)

24 February 2017
The Youth Justice Board for England & Wales: Mr Charlie Taylor
Appointment without competition Ref 174 (PDF)

16 February 2017
North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust: Mr Dusty Amroliwala OBE
Appointment without Competition Ref 171 (PDF)

14 February 2017
Sports Wales: Mr Lawrence Conway CB
Appointment without competition Ref 175 (PDF)