Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 15

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

Government departments

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sports Grounds Safety Authority – Derek Wilson to become chair on 1st April. Advisory Council on National Records and Archives  John Wood and Peter Gooderham reappointed as members. Royal Armouries – Steven Gunn appointed as a research/academic trustee. British Museum – Elizabeth Corley, Clarissa Farr and Paul Ruddock have been reappointed as trustees. UK Anti-Doping – Frances Akor and Nicola Phillips reappointed as non-executive cirectors.
  • Department for Transport: Network Rail – Peter Hendy reappointed as chair.
  • Home Office – Fraser Sampson appointed as the government’s new independent biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Scott Furssedonn-Wood has been appointed British high commissioner to Barbados, and non-resident high commissioner to Dominica, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Lucia and St Christopher & Nevis, replacing Janet Douglas. Colin Wells has been appointed Her Majesty’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, replacing Simon Boyden.
  • Ministry of Justice: Legal Aid Agency – Jane Harbottle appointed as chief executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.
  • Ministry of Defence – Nick Carter to remain as chief of defence staff until the end of November.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – Nick Elliott appointed as a non-executive board member.
  • Food Standards Agency – Chris Brereton, Georgia Taylor, Helen Taylor and John Williams appointed to the Welsh Food Advisory Committee.

Houses of Parliament

House of Lords

  • Lord Udny-Lister (Conservative, life peer) was introduced to the House.

House of Commons

  • Environmental Audit Committee – James Gray replaced Marco Longhi as a member.

Political parties

  • Scottish National Party – Owen Thompson named as acting chief whip, replacing Patrick Grady.
  • Labour Party – Matt Western replaced Emma Hardy as shadow minister for universities (formerly a whip).

Devolved authorities

Northern Ireland Government

  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment – Majella Corrigan appointed as a member.


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Interest groups

  • Save the Children UK – Kevin Watkins to stand down as chief executive in the summer.
  • Lumos – Peter McDermott appointed as chief executive.
  • Cancer Research UK – Angela Morrison named as chief operating officer, and Richard Newsome as chief technology officer.

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