Latest civil service & public affairs moves — July 24

Written by Dods People on 24 July 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 Vaux of Harrowden was elected as the new crossbench hereditary peer; Consolidation etc. Bills Joint Committee - Baroness Andrews, Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, Viscount Bridgeman, Lord Carswell, Lord Eames, Viscount Eccles, Viscount Hanworth, Baroness Mallalieu, Lord Plant of Highfield, Lord Razzall, Baroness Seccombe and Baroness Thomas of Winchester appointed as members; Human Rights Joint Committee – Baroness Hamwee, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Baroness O’Cathain, Baroness Prosser, Lord Trimble and Lord Woolf appointed as members; Statutory Instruments Joint Committee – Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist, Lord Lexden, Baroness Meacher, Lord Morris of Handsworth, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Lord Rowlands and Baroness Scott of Needham Market appointed as members; Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee - Baroness Finn replaced Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts as a member.
  • House of Commons: Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards – Kathryn Stone to replace Kathryn Hudson as Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from January.

Government departments

  • Cabinet Office: Civil Service Commission - Jane Burgess has been appointed as a new Civil Service Commissioner.
  • Prime Minister’s Office: Ian Burnett has been appointed the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2nd October.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Competition Appeal Tribunal - Peter Anderson, Kirstin Baker, Eamonn Doran, Paul Lomas and Anthony Neuberger appointed as members.
  • Home Office: Hugh Ind appointed as Director-General of Immigration Enforcement, he had been in the role on an interim basis.
  • Department of Health: NHS Improvement – Richard Douglas appointed as interim Chair.
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Payments Agency – Paul Caldwell appointed as chief executive, he had been in the role on an interim basis.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Theatres Trust – David Blyth appointed to the board of trustees; Historic Royal Palaces – Sue Wilkinson appointed as a trustee.


  • Legal Ombudsman – Kathryn Stone to stand down as chief legal ombudsman at the end of 2017.

Political parties

  • Conservatives:  1922 Committee – Kemi Badenoch, Bernard Jenkin, John Lamont, Pauline Latham, Jeremy Lefroy, Sheryll Murray, Mark Pawsey, Antoinette Sandbach, Alec Shelbrooke, John Stevenson, Bill Wiggin and William Wragg elected to the executive.

Local authorities

  • By-election Results 20 July: Eden Council – Lissie Sharp elected for Alston Moor – Labour gain from Liberal Democrat;  Stockton-on-Tees Council – Paul Weston elected for Billingham North – Labour hold; Knowsley Council – Mike Kearns elected for St Michaels  - Labour hold; Staffordshire Moorlands – Darren Price elected for Leek East – Labour gain from Conservative; Rutland Council – Gordon Brown elected for Ketton – Conservative hold; Rutland Council – Sue Lammin elected for Whissendine – Independent gain from Liberal Democrat; Merton Council – Kelly Braund elected for St Helier – Labour hold; Wealden Council – David Watts elected for Chiddingly and East Hoathly – Conservative hold; Shepway Council – Russell Tillson elected for New Romney – Conservative hold.

Interest Groups

  • Royal Voluntary Service – Catherine Johnstone named as chief executive, replacing David McCullough.


  • Facebook – Rachel Whetstone appointed as Vice-President of Communications for WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram.


  • The Sun – Andy Silvester to become Head of PR.
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