Latest civil service & public affairs moves — February 18

Written by Dods People on 18 February 2019 in News

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

Government departments

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kara Owen appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore in succession to Scott Wightman in July 2019;Simon Boyden appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Vicki Treadell CMG MVO has been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia.
  • Ministry of Justice: Justin Russell announced as the candidate for chief inspector of probation, and would replace Glenys Stacey on 31 May.
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission – Gail Mayhew, Mary Parsons, Nicholas Boys Smith and Kim Wilkie named as Commissioners
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Heritage Memorial Fund/The National Lottery Heritage Fund – Ray Macfarlane to become the Scottish Trustee to the board from 1 April; Imperial War Museum – Margaret Macmillan appointed as academic trustee.

Devolved Authorities

  • National Assembly for Wales: Delyth Jewell sworn in as the Plaid Cymru replacement AM for South Wales East; Delyth Jewell appointed as shadow minister for international affairs and culture; External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee – Delyth Jewell appointed as a member.
  • Scottish Government: Infrastructure Commission - Iain Docherty, Ken Gillespie, Benny Higgins, Mary Pitcaithly, Rachel Skinner, Grahame Smith, Sara Thiam, John Trower and Janette Webb appointed as commissioners.

Local Authorities

  • By-election Results 14 February: Vale of Glamorgan Council - Andrew R T Davies elected for Rhoose – Conservative hold. (Matthew Lloyd resigned)..

Interest Groups

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  • Women’s Aid: Katie Ghose stood down as chief executive.
  • Shaw Trust: Chris Luck appointed as chief executive from May.
  • Sentebale: Graham Leigh appointed as chief operating officer and director of fundraising.

Trade Associations

  • National Sheep Association Scotland: Jen Craig elected as the chair.


  • TheCityUK: Mark Tucker appointed as dhair.


  • iNHouse: Chris Wilkins appointed as chief strategic adviser.
  • Brunswick Group: John Davies joined as senior adviser.
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