Latest civil service & public affairs moves — December 4

Written by Dods People on 4 December 2017 in News

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

Houses of Parliament

  • House of Lords: Lord Steyn (crossbench, life peer) died on 28 November.
  • House of Commons: Regulatory Reform Committee – Stephen McPartland elected as chair.

Government departments

  • Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Advisory Committee – David Chrimes and Philip Jones appointed as members, and Seyi Obakin reappointed.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Philip Malone appointed Her Majesty’s ambassador to Mongolia, taking up his position in March; Karen Pierce appointed as UK permanent representative to the United Nations.
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Central Arbitration Committee – Stephen Redmon appointed as chair, replacing Michael Burton.
  • Ministry of Defence: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – Gary Aitkenhead appointed as chief executive.
  • Department of Health: Kate Lampard, Sue Bailey, Ron Kerr, Michael Mire and Mike Richards appointed as non-executive directors of the board.
  • NHS Improvement  Ian Dalton appointed as chief executive.
  • Department for Transport: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency – Ian Baulch-Jones appointed as non-executive director.
  • Ministry of Justice: Judicial Appointments Commission – Anne Rafferty appointed as a senior judicial commissioner and vice-chair.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Office for Civil Society – David Knott appointed as director.

Non-ministerial departments

  • HM Revenue & Customs – Jim Harra appointed as the second permanent secretary from January.


  • Liberal Democrats: Nick Harvey appointed as chief executive.

Devolved authorities

  • Scottish Parliament: Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee – Clare Haughey named as convener; Social Security Committee – Clare Adamson named as convener.
  • Scottish Government: Ainsley Mann, Wendy Alexander, Martyn O’Reilly and Nick Maclean appointed as trade envoys.

Local authorities

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council – John Sellgren suspended as chief executive.

By-election results 30 November

  • Maidstone Council – Rob Field elected for North – Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative. Tandridge Council - Helen Rujbally elected for Westway – Liberal Democrat hold.
  • Gosport Council – Stephen Hammond elected for Bridgemary North – Liberal Democrat gain from Labour.
  • Torridge Council – Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin elected for Torrington – Liberal Democrat gain from UKIP.

Trade associations

  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – Marc Woods appointed as chair.
  • NHS Providers  Saffron Cordery to become deputy chief executive, in addition to her role as director of policy and strategy.


  • Civil Aviation Authority – Richard Moriarty to replace Andrew Haines as chief executive next summer.


  • Social Communications – Andrew Cumpsty joined as senior counsel.

Interest groups

  • Wise Group – Sean Duffy appointed as the new chief executive, replacing Laurie Russell.
  • Youth Music – YolanDa Brown appointed as chair of the Trustee Board.
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