Arrivals, moves & departures

Appointments, job changes and exits among senior civil servants and key figures in the wider public sector

By Sarah.Aston

22 Dec 2014

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is recruiting for the role of director general of policy delivery as Peter Unwin steps down from the role to join the Whitehall and Industry Group.

Unwin, who has worked for the civil service for 38 years, is due to leave Defra at the end of March 2015.

Defra is currently recruiting for the role, which can be found online here, and the deadline for applications is 12 January 2015.

Dr Martin Read has been appointed as the chair of the Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) by the prime minister.

Read, who is chairman of Laird plc and a non-executive director of Lloyd’s of London and the UK Government Efficiency and Reform Board, will start his first three-year term on January 1 2015.

Margaret Edwards, who is currently chair, will continue to lead on the completion of the review cycle and the SSRB’s annual report until February 2015. She will then continue as a member of the body.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has appointed David Ludlow as its new head of international business development.

Prior to joining the UKEF, Ludlow worked across the finance sector – most recently with Standard Chartered in the Middle East. He has also worked for the government’s Diplomatic Service.

UKEF chief executive David Godfrey said of Ludlow’s appointment: “This is a global role and David’s experience in finance, emerging markets, and government combine to give him strengths that will make a valuable contribution to helping UKEF deliver its strategic objectives in the international arena.”

Home secretary Theresa May has announced the appointment of two new members to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

Samuel Pollock OBE, who is chief executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, and Professor Rodney Morgan, who is emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Bristol, join chair Baroness O’Loan and panel members Silvia Casle and Mike Kellett.

Pollock and Morgan will assist with the ongoing review of how police corruption affected the 1987 handling of the murder of Daniel Morgan.

The panel will continue to address alleged connections between the police, private investigators and journalists, as well as examine documents from government and non-government organisations on the matter.

May said: “Serious allegations of police corruption have surrounded the investigations into the murder of Daniel Morgan. I have been clear that the independent panel should leave no stone unturned in its pursuit of the truth.”

Three commissioners to the independent Low Pay Commission, which is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the impact of the national minimum wage, have been reappointed by employment relations minister Jo Swinson.

John Hannett, who is general secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers and has been a commissioner since 2007, has been reappointed for another two-year term, which is due to start on 1 January.

Meanwhile, Neil Goulden, who runs his own consultancy firm, and Professor Robert Elliott, an economics professor in Aberdeen University’s Health Economics Research Unit, have had their terms extended for another three months.

Thomas Winsor has been reappointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for a further five years.

Winsor, who is the first candidate from a non-policing background, was first appointed in 2012 and has overseen the introduction of the annual Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy inspection programme.

Winsor said: “It has been a great pleasure and honour to lead HMIC at this time and I look forward to continuing to work with its many talented, hard-working staff for the next five years, in order to carry on and intensify our work in the improvement of policing in the public interest.”

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