The Constitution Unit

Regulating public appointments

Episode Summary

A valedictory talk by Peter Riddell as he steps down as the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Episode Notes

Peter Riddell steps down as the Commissioner for Public Appointments in September. The Commissioner’s role is to ensure fair and open competition, with the final choice made by ministers. His predecessor Sir David Normington had warned on departure that changes made by government would weaken OCPA.  Peter Riddell had different criticisms in his final annual report.  In this valedictory talk, he will reflect on the system of public appointments, and discuss what changes are needed to provide public confidence in the system.