Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA)

Body: Cabinet Office
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sector: Regulation
Location: London/ virtually
Skills required: Business / Commercial, HR, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2 or 3
Remuneration: £3000 per annum, plus travel and subsistence
Time Requirements: 1 - 2 days per month, 4 or 5 year terms


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

The Prime Minister has appointed Isabel Doverty, Sarah de Gay and Andrew Cumpsty as Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, with effect from 1 January 2021.

Date: 07/01/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Week commencing 9/11/2020 (dates may be subject to change)

  • Announcement

    07/01/2021 at 18:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

ACOBA provides independent advice on applications submitted under the Business Appointment Rules from former ministers, senior civil servants and other Crown servants. In doing so it advises on the conditions that should apply to new appointments or employment after individuals have left Crown service. It plays a vital role in ensuring that the Business Appointment Rules are implemented fairly, sensibly and transparently.

We want to hear from people from a wide range of backgrounds across England, Scotland and Wales who believe that they will be able to contribute to this committee’s work.
Members will:

  • play a full and active part in ACOBA’s work, engaging in the collective consideration of applications (usually by email); taking account of the relevant factors and information; and challenge where necessary the information or recommendations presented.
  • support the wider aims of the Chair in relation to policy and procedure.
  • attend and contribute to between 3 and 5 ACOBA meetings per year (in London or virtually), and occasional attendance at casework related meetings arranged where necessary.
  • ensure the confidentiality of individual applications and associated discussions, whilst operating within the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data Protection Act 2018.
  • agree an Annual Report.

Person Specification


  • 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 and Ministers.
  • Evidence of effective working as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.


  • Experience of dealing with conflicts of interest, regulation or compliance.

Additional Information

ACOBA is made up of political appointees and independent members. This campaign seeks independent members. Applicants should not occupy paid party political posts or hold sensitive, senior or prominent positions in any political organisation.

All members of the Committee are required to have, or be willing to undergo, security clearance (baseline).

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application, please submit the following documentation to

  • A CV (maximum 3 A4 pages)
  • Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages)
  • Disability Confident form (if applicable).

Please also complete the Diversity Monitoring form (Google form).

The deadline for applications is 11pm on 09 October 2020.

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