Latest civil service & public affairs moves — November 2

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

Government departments

  • Ministry of Justice – Charlie Taylor named as Her Majesty’s chief inspector of prisons.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Louise de Sousa has been appointed Her Majesty’s ambassador to the Republic of Chile. Belinda Lewis has been appointed Her Majesty’s ambassador to the State of Kuwait in succession to Michael Davenport from April. Theresa Bubbear has been appointed Her Majesty’s ambassador to the Republic of Finland.
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes England – Peter Freeman to become chair.
  • Charity Commission – Baroness Stowell to stand down as chair in February.

Devolved Authorities

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Standards and Privileges Committee  Steve Aiken replaced John Stewart as a member.

Northern Ireland Government

  • Tourism NI – Terence Brannigan reappointed as chair, John West, Anya O'Connor and Patricia Corbett have been appointed as new members and Angelina Fusco, Terry McCartney, Michele Shirlow, Colin Neill and Geoff Wilson reappointed as members.

Welsh Government

  • Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – Sarah Willey reappointed as a member.

Houses of Parliament

House of Lords

  • Lord Elton (Conservative, hereditary peer) retired from the House of Lords on 29th October.

House of Commons

  • Jeremy Corbyn suspended by the Labour Party, now sits as Independent.

Local authorities

  • Staffordshire Moorlands Council and High Peak Council – Andrew Stokes appointed as chief executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.
  • West Oxfordshire Council – Michele Mead became leader of the council, replacing James Mills.


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  • The Times – Steven Swinford to replace Francis Elliott as political editor next year.

Interest Groups

  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home  Claire Horton to stand down as chief executive next year.

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