Latest civil service & public affairs moves — November 13

Written by Dods People on 13 November 2017 in News

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


  • Priti Patel resigned as secretary of state for international development.
  • Chris Pincher resigned as a whip.
  • Penny Mordaunt appointed as secretary of state for international development (previously minister of state at the department for work and pensions).
  • Sarah Newton appointed as minister of state at the department for work and pensions (previously parliamentary under secretary of state at the Home Office).
  • Victoria Atkins appointed as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Home Office (previously parliamentary private secretary to leader of the House of Lords).

Houses of Parliament: House of Lords

  • Richard John Carew Chartres was raised to the peerage as Lord Chartres.
  • Bernard Hogan-Howe was raised to the peerage as Lord Hogan-Howe.
  • Deputy chairs of committees – Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Lord Lexden, Baroness Newlove, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill and Lord Rogan appointed to the panel of members.
  • Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy Lord Brennan, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, Lord Hamilton of Epsom, Lord Harris of Haringey, Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill, Baroness Henig, Lord King of Bridgwater, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Lord Powell of Bayswater and Lord Trimble appointed as members.
  • Communications Committee – Lord Gilbert of Panteg appointed as chair. Baroness Stowell of Beeston and Lord Goodlad appointed as members, replacing Lord Henley and Lord Finkelstein.
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee – Baroness Eaton replaced Baroness Stedman-Scott as a member.

Houses of Parliament: House of Commons

  • Charlie Elphicke suspended from the Conservative Party.
  • Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills.  James Cleverly, Mims Davies, Chris Elmore, Patrick Grady, Eddie Hughes, Imran Hussain, Stephen Kerr, Conor McGinn, Amanda Milling, Grahame Morris, Melanie Onn and Julian Sturdy appointed as members.
  • Regulatory Reform Committee – Bim Afolami, Andrew Bridgen, Douglas Chapman, Julie Elliott, Kirstene Hair, Simon Hoare, Graham Jones, Helen Jones, Kevan Jones, Conor McGinn, Stephen McPartland, Mark Menzies, Jeremy Quin and Karl Turner appointed as members.
  • Administration Committee  Patrick Grady appointed as a member.
  • European Scrutiny Committee  Geraint Davies appointed as a member.
  • Joint Committee on Human Rights  Joanna Cherry appointed as a member.

Government departments

  • Department of Health: NHS England  Stephen Powis to take up the role of national medical director, replacing Bruce Keog.
  • Ministry of Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission – Celia Hughes reappointed as a commissioner.
  • Ombudsmen: Legal Ombudsman – Rebecca Marsh to become chief ombudsman from January.
  • Cabinet Office: Patrick Vallance appointed as chief scientific adviser, starting in the spring.
  • Non-departmental public bodies: ​Churches Conservation Trust – Beth McHattie reappointed as a member.

Devolved authorities

  • Scottish Parliament: Mark McDonald resigned as minister for children and early years; Maree Todd appointed as minister for children and early years; Finance and Constitution Committee – Emma Harper replaced Maree Todd as a member; Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee – Kate Forbes replaces Emma Harper as a member.
  • National Assembly for Wales: Carl Sargeant (Labour, Alyn and Deeside) died on 7 November.

Local authorities: by-election results 9 November

  • High Peak Council – Peter Roberts elected for Limestone Peak – Conservative hold.
  • Flintshire Council – Andy Williams elected for Buckley Bistre West – Labour hold.
  • Fareham Council – Jim Forrest elected for Stubbington – Liberal Democrat gain from UKIP. 
  • Camden Council – Jenny Mulholland elected for Gospel Oak – Labour hold.
  • Wandsworth Council – John Locker elected for Thamesfield – Conservative hold.

Professional bodies

  • College of Policing – Mike Cunningham named as the new chief executive. 


  • Hanover – Kelly-Anne Thomas appointed as account director.
  • GK Strategy  Christine Quigley, Rebecca Lury and Martin Summers appointed as associate directors.
  • Ketchum London – Jo-Ann Robertson named as chief executive.
  • Field Consulting – Jake Sumner joined as director.


  • Easyjet ​ – Johan Lundgren to replace Carolyn McCall at the end of the month.
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