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Exceptional Appointments

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 at least quarterly, following announcements of the exceptional appointments by government.