From the 1st April I am taking up a new part time non exec role as a " Public Appointments Assessor.". Fourteen new Public Appointments Assessors have been appointed by Sir David Normington, Commissioner for Public Appointments. The PAAs will assist him in "upholding the principle of selection on merit in ministerial appointments to public bodies and statutory offices.".
My colleagues and I will take up our appointments on 1st April 2012 and will replace 157 Independent Public Appointments Assessors who operated under the previous system. This is the final building block in the major reform of the system of regulation of public appointments which comes into effect at the beginning of April. The new PAAs will support a new Code of Practice which introduces a lighter-touch, principles-based regulatory regime for public appointments.
Our main task will be to chair the interview panels for quangos. It's part time and not onerous.I am stepping down from my role on the Commonwealth Civil Society Committee in June and will be at my last meeting of the committee this week. And today I'm at a training course for my new role. I have to admit I rather like interviewing and it's a core role for any CEO. Good to see that a number of the new appointments are from the third sector , particularly my old colleague from Leonard Cheshire, John Knight.
I am indebted to search guru and head hunter to the sector stars David Fielding of attenti for pointing out this opportunity. He was himself an independent assessor for public appointments for a decade and told me I should offer myself. Good advice David!
And in case you want to know the full list of the new guardians of public appointments ;
Sir Stephen Bubb
Dame Anne Pringle
Sir Peter Spencer