Latest civil service & public affairs moves — June 14

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

By Civil Service World

14 Jun 2021

Government departments

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Lord Porter appointed as Non-executive Director. Homes England – Peter Denton to become Chief Executive later this year, replacing Gordon More who has been in the role on an interim basis. Regulator of Social Housing  Geoff Smyth, Kalpesh Brahmbhatt and Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs named as Non-executive Members.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Space Agency – Paul Bate to become Chief Executive on 6th September. UK Research and Innovation – Andrew Mackenzie named as preferred candidate for Chair.
  • Home Office – Patricia Hayes appointed as Second Permanent Secretary. Security Industry Authority – Heather Baily started work as Chair.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Brian Davidson CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Consul-General to Hong Kong and Non-Resident Consul-General to Macao in July.
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Office for Environmental Protection – Paul Leinster, Richard Macrory, Dan Laffoley and Julie Hill have been appointed to the Board.
  • Ministry of Justice: Family Procedure Rule Committee – Tony McGovern and Bill Turner appointed as members, Poonam Bhari, Graeme Fraser and Rhys Taylor appointed as practitioner members and Melanie Carew reappointed as a member. HM Prisons and Probation Service – David Bernstein, Heather Savory and Nick Folland appointed as Non-executive Directors.
  • Department for Education: Education and Skills Funding Agency – Warwick Sharp appointed as Director, Academies and Maintained Schools, having been in the role on an interim basis. Student Loans Company Ltd – Chris Larmer appointed as Executive Director, Operations.
  • Ministry of Defence: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – Linda Knutsen appointed Head of Dstl’s Exploration Division.
  • Department of Health and Social Care – Eddie Gray appointed as Chair of the Antivirals Taskforce.

Northern Ireland Civil Service

  • Jayne Brady to be the new Head of the Civil Service, replacing Jenny Pyper who has been in the role on an interim basis.

Houses of Parliament

House of Lords

  • Bishop of Portsmouth (Non-affiliated) retired from the House of Lords on 31st May.

House of Commons

  • Justice Committee – Laura Farris replaced John Howell as a member.
  • Women and Equalities Committee – Lee Anderson and Philip Davies replaced Ben Bradley and Peter Gibson as members.

Political parties

Scottish National Party

  • Joanna Cherry resigned from the national executive.
  • Douglas Chapman resigned as the party Treasurer.

Devolved authorities

Northern Ireland Executive

  • Paul Given put forward to become First Minister, subject to approval.
  • Gary Middleton to be Junior Minister in the Executive Office.
  • Michelle McIlveen to be Education Minister, replacing Peter Weir.
  • Paul Frew will be Economy Minister, replacing Diane Dodds.
  • Joanne Bunting will be Chief Whip.

Northern Ireland Parliament

  • Gordon Lyons to be Vice-chair of the Health Committee.
  • Jonathan Buckley and David Hilditch to be Chair and Vice-chair of the Infrastructure Committee.
  • William Irwin will be Vice-chair of the Audit Committee.
  • Pam Cameron will be the Chair of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee.
  • Meryvn Storey will be Chair of Justice Committee.
  • Tom Buchanan will be Vice-chair of Procedures Committee.
  • Keith Buchanan will be Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • William Humphrey will be Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

Scottish Government

  • Gordon Macdonald appointed as SNP Chief Whip (formerly Depute Whip).

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrats

  • Willie Rennie remains as Spokesperson for Finance, Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.
  • Beatrice Wishart reappointed as Spokesperson for Education and Skills.
  • Alex Cole-Hamilton reappointed as Spokesperson for Health and Sport.
  • Liam McArthur appointed as Spokesperson for Justice and Energy (formerly Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice).

Scottish Labour

  • Jackie Baillie appointed as Deputy Leader, Scottish Labour; Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care (formerly Deputy Leader; Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Social Care and Equalities).
  • Claire Baker appointed as Shadow Minister for Drugs Policy (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture).
  • Sarah Boyack appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform).
  • Carol Mochan appointed as Shadow Minister for Mental Wellbeing, Women's Health and Sport.
  • Paul O'Kane appointed as Shadow Minister for Public Health and Social Care.
  • Neil Bibby appointed as Shadow Minister for Parliamentary Business and Transport (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice).
  • Rhoda Grant appointed as Shadow Minister for Land Reform, Islands and Chief Whip (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism).
  • Daniel Johnson appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance).
  • Paul Sweeney appointed as Shadow Minister for Employment and Public Finance.
  • Monica Lennon appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Fair Work).
  • Mercedes Villalba appointed as Shadow Minister for Environment and Biodiversity.
  • Michael Marra appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
  • Martin Whitfield appointed as Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, Lifelong Learning and Youth Employment.
  • Pauline McNeill appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Local Government and Housing).
  • Katy Clark appointed as Shadow Minister for Community Safety.
  • Mark Griffin appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Local Government.
  • Pam Duncan-Glancy appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice and Social Security.
  • Colin Smyth appointed as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development and Rural Affairs (formerly Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs).
  • Foysol Choudhury appointed as Shadow Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.


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