Latest civil service & public affairs moves – September 27

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

By Dods People

27 Sep 2021


Details of the new government, with comparisons to the old government can be found here:

Government departments

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation – Sir Ian Boyd, Dr John Fingleton, Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Priya Guha, Nigel Toon, Ruwan Weerasekera appointed as non-executive directors to the board.
  • Cabinet Office: Andy Haldane appointed as a permanent secretary on secondment from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for 6 months. He will be head of the levelling up taskforce – reporting to the prime minister and the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, Michael Gove.
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Gallery –John Booth appointed as trustee and Chair from 20 August to 19 August 2025. David Marks re-appointed as trustee from 13 June to 12 June 2025
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Thomas Coward appointed as British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and Non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Nauru from November, in succession to Dr Brian Jones who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment; FCDO Services – Mike Astell appointed as chief executive.
  • Department of Health and Social Care: Health Education England – Sir David Behan re-appointed as chair and Dr Liz Mear and Professor Andrew George re-appointed as non-executive members of the Board until 2024.

Non-Ministerial Departments

  • National Crime Agency – Dame Lynne Owens has announced her intention to retire from her position as director general.

Devolved Authorities

  • Welsh Government: Simon Jones appointed as chair of Digital Health and Care Wales for four years from 1 October to 30 September 2025; Emrys Elias appointed Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board for 18 months, from 1 October.
  • Northern Ireland Executive: Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company – Tzvetelina Bogoina-Seenan, Marie Mallon, Mike Brown, Sharon O'Connor and Edward Wills appointed as non-executive members to the board; Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency – Brendan Garland appointed as non-executive ,ember (finance) and Geraldine Campbell appointed as non-executive ,ember (Lay) from 1 September to a date not later than 31 August 2025. Hall Graham appointed as non-executive member (Dental) from 1 October to a date not later than 30 September 2025.
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly and Executive Review Committee – Paul Frew added; Gordon Lyons discharged; Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – Maurice Bradley discharged; Business Committee – Rosemary Barton added; Andy Allen discharged; Communities Committee – Stephen Dunne added; Alex Easton discharged; Paul Frew added; Pam Cameron discharged; Standards and Privileges Committee – Linda Dillon added as chair; Sinead Ennis discharged as chair.

Local Authorities

  • Barking and Dagenham Council: Chris Naylor to stand down as chief executive at the end of the year.
  • Belfast City Council: Suzanne Wylie to stand down as chief executive and take up the position of chief executive and head of the public service for the States of Jersey in February 2022.
  • Halton Council: David Parr to stand down as chief executive in March 2022.
  • Ryedale District Council: Di Keal has been voted in as chair of the authority’s Policy and Resources Committee, becoming the new de facto leader following the death of John Clark last month.
  • South Staffordshire District Council: Roger Lees appointed as leader.


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  • Nationwide Building Society: Joe Garner to stand down as chief executive.

Interest Groups

  • Drinkaware: Elaine Hindal to stand down as chief executive on 28 January 2022.
  • UK Green Building Council: Chris Oglesby and Estelle Bailey appointed to the board of trustees.
  • Vegetarian Society: Richard McIlwain appointed as chief executive.

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