Latest civil service & public affairs moves — August 27

Written by Dods People on 27 August 2019 in News

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People

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Government departments

  • Department for Education: Student Loans Company Ltd - Stephen Campbell has been appointed as chief information officer.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Christian Turner has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in succession to Thomas Drew.
  • Department of Health and Social Care: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency - June Raine will become interim chief executive from 20 September.
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes England - Mark Rennison, Olivia Scanlon, Sadie Morgan and Vanessa Murden joined as members.
  • Home Office: Mark Thomson is to resign as director general, UK Visas and Immigration and director general of HM Passport Office in March.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pubs Code Adjudicator – Paul Newby to stand down as Pubs Code Adjudicator in May.

Devolved Authorities

  • Welsh Government: Sport Wales - Rajma Begum, Dafydd Trystan Davies, Hannah Murphy, Nicola Mead-Batten and Delyth Evans appointed as members of the board.

Local Authorities

  • By-election Result 22 August: Rugby Council – Glenda Allanach elected for Rokeby and Overslade – Liberal Democrat hold (caused by the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Long).


  • Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Shadow Cabinet appointments: Ed Davey as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly Spokesperson for Home Affairs); Chuka Umunna as Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development and International Trade; Christine Jardine as Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department, Justice, Women and Equalities and as Deputy Chief Whip (formerly Spokesperson for Work and Pensions and Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport); Tom Brake as Shadow Secretary of State for the Duchy of Lancaster and Exiting the European Union (formerly Spokesperson for Exiting the European Union and International Trade); Jamie Stone as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Scotland (formerly Spokesperson for Defence and Scotland); Vince Cable as Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; Layla Moran as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (formerly Spokesperson for Education and Science); Wera Hobhouse as Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change, Environment and Transport (formerly Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change and Justice); Tim Farron as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Work and Pensions and North of England (Northern Powerhouse) (formerly Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government and North of England); Alistair Carmichael as Chief Whip and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (formerly Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Northern Ireland; Chief Whip); Jane Dodds as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Food and Rural Affairs.


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Interest Groups

  • The British Heart Foundation: Kirstine Knox is to become chief executive in September.
  • Royal Voluntary Service: Stephen Dunmore will replace Richard Greenhalgh as chair on 19 September.
  • British Council: Stevie Spring has been appointed as chair.

Trade Associations

  • Airport Operators Association: Baroness McGregor-Smith appointed as chair, replacing Ed Anderson on 1 September.
  • National Federation of Retail Newsagents: Greg Deacon to become chief operating officer
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