Ministerial appointments to public bodies: training pack for independent panel members

The recruitment process for many ministerial appointees is independently regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner, requiring compliance with the Commissioner’s 2022 Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. This training pack is for independent panel members.

1. Introduction

You have been invited join a selection panel for the recruitment of ministerial appointees. This process is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner (ESC). This pack provides you with a terms of reference for the Independent Panel Member (IPM) role and further information about the public appointments process and also signposts you to further sources of information. Before the appointment round starts, please read through this pack and the Code of Practice. If you have questions or require a one-to-one briefing, please contact the Public Appointments Team by emailing:



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