Latest civil service & public affairs moves — September 21

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

By Dods People

21 Sep 2020

Departments of State:

  • Lord Keen stood down as Advocate General for Scotland.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy: UK Atomic Energy Authority – Paul Methven became the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) Programme Director; UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board – Pauline Wallace appointed as the Chair.
  • Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and Office of the Advocate General for Scotland: Ross Finnie, Martin Dorchester and Stuart Patrick named as non-executive board members.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office: John Rankin has been appointed Governor of the British Virgin Islands; Corinne Kitsell has been appointed as UK Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, replacing David Hall.

House of Commons

  • European Statutory Instruments Committee: James Grundy and Jacob Young replace Vicky Ford and Mark Garnier as members.
  • Intelligence and Security Committee: Bob Stewart replaced Chris Grayling as a member.

Welsh Parliament

  • Wales Audit Office: Lindsay Foyster to become Chair on 17 October.
  • Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd: Elizabeth Haywood appointed as Chair and Hugh Widdis as board member.

Scottish Parliament

  • Covid-19 Committee: Stuart McMillan replaced Stewart Stevenson and Mark Ruskell replaced Ross Greer as a member.
  • Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: Stewart Stevenson replaced Stuart McMillan as a member.
  • Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee – Patrick Harvie replaced Mark Ruskell as a member.

Local Authorities

  • Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner: Lisa Oldroyd named as acting police and crime commissioner, replacing Barry Coppinger until the May 2021 election.
  • Durham County Council: Terry Collins to retire as chief executive.
  • Burnley Borough Council: Charlie Briggs resigned as leader.
  • Merton Council: Stephen Alambritis to stand down as leader on 18 November.


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  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service - John Cope to become director of strategy, policy and public affairs.


  • Weber Shandwick: Ed Taylor promoted to become managing director, corporate affairs.

Interest Groups

  • Action on Hearing Loss: Harriet Oppenheimer has been appointed as new deputy chief executive.

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