Committee Member – Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA)

Body: Cabinet Office
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector
Location: The Committee deals with the majority of its business via correspondence. Committee meetings take place quarterly in central London.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £3,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 1-2 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Cabinet Office has announced on 18th January that the Prime Minister has appointed Jonathan Baume, Dr. Susan Liautaud and Richard Thomas as Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, with effect from 1 February 2018.

Date: 18/01/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 30th October

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 20th November

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister invites applications for two Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA).

ACoBA is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) established in 1975.

It acts independently to advise the Prime Minister, First Ministers for Scotland and Wales, Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary, and departmental Permanent Secretaries on applications referred to it under the Business Appointment Rules, for appointments that the most senior civil servants, including special advisers of equivalent standing, and other senior Crown servants wish to take up on leaving public service.

Former Ministers are subject to a similar set of Business Appointment Rules to that for Crown servants, and the Committee gives its advice directly to the former Minister concerned.

Applications are assessed case-by-case on their individual merits. All members of the Committee contribute to the assessment process, and collectively bring to the deliberations particular knowledge and experience of the areas of the public sector covered by the Rules and/or other sectors (particularly the private sector) in which former Ministers and former Crown servants may wish to take up appointments or employment.

Person Specification

We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds, successful candidates will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:


  • Ability to work at a senior level and command the confidence and trust of key stakeholders, including those subject to the Rules.
  • Ability to analyse complex information from a range of sources, identify key issues and make objective and balanced decisions on complex issues.
  • An understanding of the issues around the perception of outside appointments for former crown servants
  • Evidence of effective working as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.


  • Experience of dealing with conflicts of interest.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  • a CV (maximum two pages);
  • an accompanying letter (maximum 2 pages) which sets out how you meet the candidate profile;
  • the personal information form.

Please use one of the following methods by:


Propriety and Ethics Team
Room 206
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall

20170926 ACOBA Candidate Pack -for Members FINAL
20170928 -ABCOBA Monitoring-Forms
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