The drive is particularly aimed at under-represented groups. Angela Eagle said:
'I want to see our public bodies truly reflect Britain as it is today. This is an excellent opportunity for people from all walks of life to come forward for appointment. I want to stress that broad life experience possibly gained through community or voluntary work is just as valid a qualification as an MBA, and particularly urge more women, ethnic minorities, disabled and younger people to consider seriously making an application.'
The 200 part-time posts on offer will appeal to those with an interest in:
- environmental protection
- health and safety
The department is also seeking candidates for appointment to the proposed regional development agencies. The government announced that these powerful new bodies would be set up to play a leading role in stimulating regional development.
There will be appointments to board level on both national and local bodies, and in some cases chairmen and deputy chairmen will also be needed.
Information packs for anyone interested in the appointments are available from Sunday 18 January until Tuesday 17 February by telephoning 0181 466 4111 (24 hours). Applications need to be
submitted by 27 February.
1. The advertising of these posts follows the recommendations of the Nolan Committee (The Committee on Standards in Public Life) for ensuring that openings on public bodies are brought to the attention of a wider range of suitable candidates. The government is committed to extending this open approach to appointments throughout the public sector.
2. The advertisements will first appear in the national press this Sunday and will be repeated during next week.They invite interested
individuals to apply for an information pack. Applicants are then invited to send their CVs to the Department's advisers, appointed to
handle the advertisement, stating the bodies in which they are interested.
3. The bodies covered by the advertisement are:
Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies
British Board of Agrement
Environment Agency (including the Agency's Regional Environment Protection advisory Committees)
Health and Safety Commission
Housing Action Trusts
Castle Vale (Birmingham)
Tower Hamlets (London)
London Regional Passengers Committee
National Forest Company
Rural Development Commission
UK Eco Labelling Board
Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment
Building Regulations Advisory Committee
Darwin Initiative Advisory Committee
Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
Local Government Commission
Property Advisory Group
Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee
Rent Assessment Panels
Regional Development Agencies (9)
4. The Department sponsors 36 executive and 24 advisory non-departmental public bodies which operate at arm's length from Government.
5. The Nolan Committee's first report endorsed the proposals of a review by the government's Public Appointments Unit that the presumption should be that all posts in executive NDPBs be advertised.
6. The Commissioner for Public Appointments, Len Peach, appointed in 1996 in response to one of the recommendations on the Nolan
Committee, has issued guidance for departments on procedures for appointments to executive non-departmental public bodies. This also
endorses the presumption in favour of advertising appointments for these bodies.
7. The department has also used advertisements for individual bodies and posts, and will continue to do so where appropriate. This advertisement covers all those bodies where it is expected that vacancies will arise at various times during the twelve months from 1
8. The time commitment involved for an appointment, which is usually for a two or three year term, varies from a day a month for a member
of a small body to two days a week for a chairman of a large executive body.
9. Appointments to executive bodies are normally paid but many of those serving on advisory committees may receive only travel expenses.