Latest civil service & public affairs moves — May 3

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

By Civil Service World

03 May 2021

Government departments

  • Prime Minister’s Office – Lord Browne of Madingley appointed independent co-chair of the Council for Science and Technology.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Menna Rawlings has been appointed Her Majesty's ambassador to France in succession to Lord Llewellyn of Steep in the summer.
  • Cabinet Office – Lord Geidt to be independent adviser on ministers’ interests.
  • Department of Health and Social Care: NHS England – Simon Stevens to stand down as chief executive at the end of July.
  • Ministry of Defence: UK Hydrographic Office – Peter Sparkes appointed as chief executive and Accounting Officer.
  • Forestry Commission – Richard Stanford appointed as chief executive, replacing Ian Gambles from August.

Houses of Parliament

House of Lords

  • Simon Stevens to become a member of the House of Lords.
  • Lord Hanningfield (Non-affiliated, life peer) was granted a leave of absence on 28th April.
  • Lord Lawson of Blaby (Conservative, life peer) was granted a leave of absence on 28th April.
  • Lord Denham (Conservative, life peer) retired on 26th April.


  • General Optical Council – Lisa Gerson appointed as registrant member, placing Helen Tilley from 1 May.

Political parties

Democrat Unionist Party

  • Arlene Foster to stand down as leader on 28th May.

Devolved authorities

Welsh Government

  • Sue Tranka to become chief nursing Officer for Wales in the summer, replacing Jean White.

Northern Ireland Assembly/Government

  • Arlene Foster to stand down as first minister at the end of June.
  • Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and its Diocesan Education Committees (DECs) – John Martin Allen, Dr Ana Kerr and Nuala Toman appointed to the council; Michael James Beatty and Dr Mary Elizabeth McIvor appointed to the council and Down and Connor DEC; Aiden McVey appointed to Armagh DEC; Clare Bradley, Sean Mullan, John Paul O'Doherty and Briege O Neill appointed to Derry DEC.

Local authorities

  • Southend Council – Alison Griffin to stand down as chief executive in the summer.


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Interest groups

  • Unicef UK – Shatish Dasani appointed as chair.
  • Institute of Directors – Alastair Kind appointed as chair, London Region, replacing David Stringer-Lamarre.
  • London Councils – Alison Griffin to become chief executive.
  • Institute of Cancer Research, London – Kristian Helin to become chief executive in September, replacing Paul Workman.
  • ActionAid – Frances Longley appointed as chief executive.

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