Arrivals, moves & departures: latest appointments in the civil service, politics and public affairs – December 4

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

Government departments

  • Department for International Development: Nick Hurd has been appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: David Evennett MP appointed acting Sport, Tourism and Heritage Minister, covering Tracey Crouch’s maternity leave from the end of January.
  • Home Office: Baroness Shields appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Internet Safety and Security).
  • National Crime Agency - Lynne Owens to be the new Director-General from early 2016.
  • Ministry of Justice: Elizabeth Gardner appointed as the first Parliamentary Counsel, Michael Barber joined the Board as a Non-Executive Member.
  • Cabinet Office: Joint Intelligence Committee - Charles Farr to replace Jon Day as Chair.
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life - Monisha Shah appointed as member for three years.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jill Morris to succeed Christopher Prentice as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Italy and San Marino.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council - Andrew Thompson named as interim Chief Executive.
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council - John Womersley reappointed as Chief Executive.
  • Department for Energy, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board - Adam Quinney appointed to AHDB Board with responsibility as Chair for Beef and Lamb.
  • Department for Education: School Teachers’ Review Body - Philippa Hird and Robert Burgess appointed members.

Non-ministerial departments

  • Competition and Markets Authority - Susannah Meeke appointed as Director of Remedies, Business and Financial Analysis.

House of Lords

  • Joint Committee on National Security Strategy - Lord Boateng, Baroness Buscombe, Lord Clark of Windermere, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Lord Hamilton of Epsom, Lord Levene of Portsoken, Lord Mitchell, Lord Ramsbotham, Lord Trimble and Lord West of Spithead appointed as members.
  • Joint Committee on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – Baroness Browning, Lord Butler of Brockwell, Bishop of Chester, Lord Hart of Chilton, Lord Henley, Lord Murphy of Torfaen and Lord Strasburger appointed as members.

House of Commons

  • Jim McMahon was elected as the new Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton.
  • Natalie McGarry resigned the SNP Whip and now sits as Independent.
  • Energy and Climate Change Committee – Jamie Reed replaced Alan Whitehead as member.
  • Joint Committee on National Security Strategy - Margaret Beckett, Crispin Blunt, Damian Green, Dominic Grieve, Gerald Howarth, Julian Lewis, Angus MacNeil, Andrew Murrison, Robert Neill, Stephen Twigg, Keith Vaz and Iain Wright appointed as members.
  • Joint Committee on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill - Victoria Atkins, Suella Fernandes, David Hanson, Stuart McDonald, Andrew Murrison and Matt Warman appointed as members.

Political parties

  • DUP: Peter Robinson’s replacement as Leader to be chosen on 17th December. He will remain as First Minister until January.
  • Labour Party: Kevin Slocombe appointed as Jeremy Corbyn’s Head of Media.

Devolved authorities
Northern Ireland assembly

  • Pat Ramsey, SDLP MLA for Foyle, is to resign at the end of December, his replacement will be chosen shortly.
  • Environment Committee – Claire Hanna replaced Colum Eastwood as a member.
  • Justice Committee – Danny Kennedy replaced Neil Somervile as a member.

NI executive

  • Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority - Kate Burns and Davey Hill appointed as Board members.

Scottish government

  • Scottish Police Authority - Phil Gormley to be the new Chief Constable of Police Scotland.
  • VisitScotland - Anne Anderson, Rebecca Brooks, Cathy Craig, Stephen Hagan and Carolyn Jameson are new Board Members.


  • Leave.EU - Brian Monteith joins as Head of Press.
  • National Energy Foundation - Andrew Warren stood down as a Trustee.
  • Woodland Trust - Baroness Young to become Chair in May.
  • British Board of Film Classification - David Austin named as the new Director.
  • Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association – Rowan Black elected as President, replacing Paul Stewart.
  • Hume Brophy - Roudie Shafie and Craig Harrow hired as Senior Consultants.

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