Latest civil service & public affairs moves — October 5
New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People
- Cabinet Office: Boundary Commission for Wales – Huw Vaughan Thomas and Sam A Hartley appointed as members
- Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health England – Sharon Peacock named as executive director and chair of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium. NHS Track and Trace – Mike Coupe to replace Sarah-Jane Marsh as director of Covid-19 testing.
- Cabinet Office – Helen Macnamara became deputy cabinet secretary and head of the cabinet secretariat.
- Attorney General’s Office – Shehzad Charania became interim director general, replacing Rowena Collins Rice.
- Northern Ireland Office – Leslie Philpott appointed as lead non-executive director, and Louise Wilson as non-executive director.
- Department for Education: Skills and Productivity Board – Stephen van Rooyen to become chair.
- HM Treasury: National Infrastructure Commission – Neale Coleman appointed as an expert commissioner.
- Home Office: Security Industry Authority – Michelle Russell to become acting chief executive on 19th October, replacing Ian Todd.
Houses of Parliament
House of Lords
- Lord Freeman (Conservative, life peer) retired from the House of Lords on 1st October.
House of Commons
- Margaret Ferrier had the SNP Whip removed and now sits as Independent.
- Claudia Webbe had the Labour Whip removed and now sits as Independent.
- International Trade Committee – Lloyd Russell-Moyle replaced Matt Western as a member.
- Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy – Edward Leigh appointed as a member.
New parliamentary private secretary appointments confirmed this week (may have been in place previously):
- Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – added Alicia Kearns as Team PPS
- Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government – added Jacob Young as team PPS, replacing Nickie Aiken.
- Ministry of Justice – added Julie Marson as team PPS, replacing Siobhan Baillie.
- Department for Transport – moved Laura Trott from team PPS to PPS to Grant Shapps; added Gagan Mohindra as team PPS.
- Department for Work and Pensions – added Flick Drummond as team PPS (previously PPS to Anne-Marie Trevelyan as secretary of state for international development)
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – swapped the PPSs around: Jo Gideon now PPS to Alok Sharma and Mark Fletcher is team PPS.
- Department for International Trade – swapped the PPSs around: Saqib Bhatti is PPS to Liz Truss and Suzanne Webb is team PPS.
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – confirmed the PPSs from the FCO continue their roles at FCDO: Gareth Johnson is PPS to Dominic Raab and Joy Morrissey is team PPS.
See full government list of PPSs here
- Margaret Ferrier removed as Westminster spokesperson for manufacturing.
Northern Ireland Government
- Education Training Inspectorate – Faustina Graham appointed as chief inspector.
- Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee – Kate Eden named as chair.
By-election result 1 October
- Orkney Islands Council – Heather Woodbridge elected for North Isles – Independent gain from Independent. (Kevin Woodbridge died).
- Cotswold District Council – Robert Weaver to become chief executive.
- South Tyneside Council – Martin Swales to stand down as chief executive.
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council – Drew Mellor elected as new Leader.
- Cheltenham Borough Council – Steve Jordan to stand down as Leader at the May elections.
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- Comic Relief – Fatima Ribeiro named as executive director of fundraising and creative, replacing Shabby Amini who had been in the role on an interim basis.
- NCVO – Priya Singh named as chair-elect.
- NAVCA – Jane Ide to stand down as chief executive on 10 November.
- Samaritans – Keith Leslie appointed as chair.
- The Royal Foundation – William Hague to become chair on 1 November.