Department for Culture Media and Sport
Ministerial appointments to the boards of DCMS public bodies follow a standard process.
Vacancies are publicised on websites including this one and, for some appointments, in the press. There is a deadline for applications, and interviews by a selection panel are arranged for shortlisted candidates. The panel then advises Ministers on those who have met the selection criteria most comprehensively, from among whom the Minister will make an appointment, or will recommend a candidate to the Prime Minister for appointment if this is what the relevant legislation demands.
The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) provides a Code of Practice for Departments to follow when making public appointments, and an Independent Public Appointments Assessor accredited by OCPA is included on every selection panel to ensure compliance. Appointments are made on merit, and political activity undertaken by candidates plays no part in the selection process.