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Letter to Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Chair Julian Knight MP

Friday 1 April 2022

William Shawcross wrote to Julian Knight MP as Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee after reviewing the advisory assessment panel report for the competition to appoint a new Chair of Ofcom. Letter to Julian Knight MP 1 April 2022 (PDF, 2 pages, 161 KB)

Letters to Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Friday 4 March 2022

William Shawcross responded to letters from Rt Hon Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Anneliese Dodds MP,  Shadow Secretary of State for Women, regarding the 2021 competition for the Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund. He informed them he would investigate this competition under his powers in the Order […]

Letter to the Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Friday 14 January 2022

The Commissioner for Public Appointments wrote to Julian Knight MP, Chair of the DCMS Select Committee on 13 January, following his appearance at DCMS Committee. Letter from William Shawcross to Julian Knight MP (PDF, 2 pages, 149KB).

Letter to the Chair of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Monday 20 December 2021

The Commissioner responded to Julian Knight MP’s letter regarding applicants to public appointments processes. Letter from William Shawcross to Julian Knight MP (PDF, 2 pages, 141KB)

Unfinished Business – OCPA Annual Report 2020-21

Thursday 23 September 2021

As I finally step down as Commissioner for Public Appointments at the end of September after nearly five and a half years, my feelings are mixed. There are strong positives – the commitment of thousands of people who serve on the boards of arms-length bodies which serve the public, often for little or no pay, […]

Public Appointment Commissioner – Annual Report 2020 – 2021 Press Release

Thursday 23 September 2021

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has a press release for his 2020/21 Annual Report, outlining some of the findings and what he considers to be unfinished business. The Press Release can be found here (PDF, 4 pages, 99 KB)

Letter to the Chair of CSPL

Tuesday 3 August 2021

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has written to Lord Evans KCB DL, regarding the recent competition to find new members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Letter to Lord Evans from Rt Hon Peter Riddell (PDF, 2 pages, 184 KB)

Letter to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Thursday 22 July 2021

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has written to the Rt Hon Michael Give MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, regarding delays to a number of high profile public appointments competitions. Letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (PDF, 2 pages, 182 KB) Rt Hon Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, replied to […]

Letter to DCMS Committee Chair, Julian Knight MP

Tuesday 15 June 2021

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has written to the Chair of the DCMS Select Committee, Julian Knight MP, regarding the competition to recruit the new Chair of Ofcom. Letter to Julian Knight MP 14 June 2021 (PDF, 2 pages, 630 KB)

Correspondence on social mobility and public appointments

Friday 28 May 2021

The Commissioner gave a speech to the Constitution Unit in April 2021. At this, he was asked questions from the audience about social mobility and diversity in public appointments. This letter to Dermot Feenan, an attendee of that seminar (PDF, 4 pages, 118KB) follows up on points in that discussion, correspondence with Mr Feenan, and […]