Kim Darroch enters House of Lords and latest civil service moves – January 20

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


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Houses of Parliament

House of Lords

  • Lord Darroch of Kew (crossbench) and Lord Reed of Allermuir (non-affiliated) were introduced to the House of Lords.
  • Lord Vallance of Tummel (Liberal Democrat, life peer) retired from the House of Lords on 13 January.
  • Earl Howe appointed as spokesperson for Cabinet Office.
  • Earl of Courtown appointed as spokesperson for international trade and Treasury.

House of Commons

  • Scott Mann was named as the PPS to Gavin Williamson as secretary of state for education.

Government departments

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Veterinary Products Committee – David Mackay, David Killick and Ronnie Soutar appointed as members.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Guy Warrington has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Mali.
  • Department for Transport: Traffic Commissioners – Gerallt Evans to become Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and Victoria Davies to become Traffic Commissioner for Wales.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Radioactive Waste Management – Karen Wheeler to become chief executive on 1 February.

Devolved Authorities

  • Northern Ireland Assembly – Arlene Foster appointed as first minister; Michelle O'Neill appointed as Deputy first minister; Edwin Poots appointed as minister for agriculture, environment and rural affairs; Deirdre Hargey appointed as minister for communities; Diane Dodds appointed as minister for the Economy; Peter Weir appointed as minister for education; Conor Murphy appointed as minister of finance; Robin Swann appointed as minister of health; Nichola Mallon appointed as minister for infrastructure; Naomi Long appointed as minister of justice; Gordon Lyons and Declan Kearney appointed as junior ministers in the Executive Office.

Local Authorities

  • Sheffield City Council – Julie Dore to stand down as leader in May.
  • Gedling Council – Karen Bradford to stand down as chief executive.
  • South Kesteven Council – Karen Bradford to become chief executive.
  • Sandwell Council – David Stevens named as the chief executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.
  • By-election Result 16 January: Bristol Council – Timothy Rippington elected for Brislington East – Labour hold (due to the death of Mike Langley).


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Interest Groups

  • Samaritans – Jeremy Hughes appointed as chief executive.
  • NCT – Angela McConville named as chief executive.

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