Commissioner for Public Appointments

The Commissioner for Public Appointments is a British public servant, appointed by The Queen,[1] whose primary role is to provide independent assurance that ministerial public appointments across the United Kingdom by HM Government Ministers (and devolved appointments by Welsh Government Ministers) are made in accordance with the Principles of Public Appointments and the Cabinet Office's Governance Code on Public Appointments.[2] The Commissioner issues an annual report and a statistical bulletin each year.[3]

There are similar bodies for two other jurisdictions of the United Kingdom – the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

As of April 2016, the current Commissioner for Public Appointments is Peter Riddell.[4]

List of Commissioners for Public Appointments in England and Wales


  1. "Public Appointments Commissioner Order in Council 2016" (PDF).
  2. "Governance Code for Public Appointments - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  3. "Annual reports - Commissioner for Public Appointments". Commissioner for Public Appointments. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  4. "Commissioner for Public Appointments appointed: Peter Riddell - Press releases - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  5. "History of the Commissioner's role - The Commissioner for Public Appointments". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  6. 10 Downing Street (2002-02-06). " : Dame Rennie Fritchie re-appointed as Commissioner for Public Appointments". Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  7. "Employment lawyer named as new Commissioner for Public Appointments - Personnel Today". Personnel Today. 2005-12-22. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  8. "Dual Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments". UK Cabinet Office. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-03-03.