Latest civil service & public affairs moves — July 19

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

By Dods People

19 Jul 2021

Government departments

  • Cabinet Office: Commissioner for Public Appointments – William Shawcross CVO has been confirmed as the Prime Minister's preferred candidate for the role; Committee on Standards in Public Life – Professor Gillian Peele and Ewen Fergusson appointed members from 1 August.
  • Ministry of Defence: UK Hydrographic Office – Marion Leslie appointed Interim Non-Executive Chair replacing Adam Singer who has stepped down from the post on retirement.
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art – Professor Mark Hallett and Dr Tim Pestell appointed as Members for four years from 13 August to 12 August 2025; UK Anti-Doping – Trevor Pearce re-appointed as Chair for four years from 23 February to 22 February 2025; Mark Foster and Suman Ziaullah appointed as Members for four years from 15 July to 14 July 2025; Elizabeth Denham re-appointed as Information Commissioner for a further period of three months from 18 July.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Judith Slater appointed British High Commissioner to Jamaica in succession to Asif Ahmad CMG from September.


  • Green Party: Sian Berry is to stand down as co-leader in the autumn.
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats: Willie Rennie is to stand down as leader.

Devolved Authorities

  • Welsh Parliament: Llywydd's Committee – David Rees appointed as Chair; Peredur Owen Griffiths, Joyce Watson, Janet Finch-Saunders and Rhys ab Owen appointed as members.

Combined Authorities

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority: Eileen Milner appointed as chief executive from the autumn.


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Interest Groups

  • The Royal Anniversary Trust: Kristina Murrin CBE appointed chief executive, replacing Peter Chenery who is retiring from the Trust in March 2022.
  • Save the Children UK: Gwen Hine, currently executive director of global programmes, promoted to chief executive, replacing Kevin Watkins.
  • Sunderland Culture: Rebecca Ball, currently creative director, promoted to chief executive, replacing Keith Merrin.

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