Latest civil service & public affairs moves — February 3

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


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Government departments

  • Ministry of Defence: James Swift appointed as Chief of Defence People, replacing Richard Nugee in late February; David Goldstone to stand down as chief operating officer; Strategic Command: Ian Smith and Matthew Postgate appointed as non-executive directors; Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: Norman Govan appointed to the board.
  • Northern Ireland Office: David Seymour named as independent reviewer; Northern Ireland Committee on Protection - Brian Barker reappointed as Independent Reviewer of National Security Arrangements and Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee on Protection.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bridget Brind has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Thorhilda Abbott-Watt has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga.
  • Department for Education: Student Loans Company – Andrew Wathey appointed as chair on an interim basis.
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Management Organisation – Tony Delahunty and Terence Jagger reappointed to the board.
  • Home Office: Migration Advisory CommitteeAlan Manning has his term as chair extended.
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Phillip King has been appointed interim small business commissioner.

Non-Ministerial Departments

  • Charity Commission: Paul Latham named as Director of Communications and Policy in March.

Devolved authorities

  • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland – Hilary Singleton’s term extended as deputy chair and Billy Graham, John Kane and Maynard Mawhinney had their terms as members extended.

Houses of Parliament

  • House of Commons select committee chairs appointed: Backbench Business Committee - Ian Mearns re-elected as chair unopposed; Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Rachel Reeves re-elected as chair unopposed; Defence Committee - Tobias Ellwood elected as chair; Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee - Julian Knight elected as chair; Education Committee - Robert Halfon re-elected as chair unopposed; Environmental Audit Committee - Philip Dunne elected as chair; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee - Neil Parish re-elected as chair unopposed; Exiting the EU Committee - Hilary Benn re-elected as chair unopposed; Foreign Affairs Committee - Tom Tugendhat re-elected as chair; Health and Social Care Committee - Jeremy Hunt elected as chair; Home Affairs Committee - Yvette Cooper re-elected as chair unopposed; Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Clive Betts re-elected as chair unopposed; International Development Committee - Sarah Champion elected as chair; International Trade Committee - Angus MacNeil re-elected as chair; Justice Committee – Robert Neill re-elected as chair; Northern Ireland Affairs Committee - Simon Hoare re-elected as chair; Petitions Committee - Catherine McKinnell elected as chair; Procedure Committee - Karen Bradley elected as chair; Public Accounts Committee - Meg Hillier re-elected as chair unopposed; Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee - William Wragg elected as chair; Science and Technology Committee - Greg Clark elected as chair; Scottish Affairs Committee - Pete Wishart re-elected as chair unopposed; Standards Committee – Kate Green re-elected as chair unopposed; Transport Committee - Huw Merriman elected as chair; Treasury Committee - Mel Stride re-elected as chair unopposed; Welsh Affairs Committee - Stephen Crabb elected as chair unopposed; Women and Equalities Committee - Caroline Nokes elected as chair unopposed; Work and Pensions Committee - Stephen Timms re-elected as Chair.

Local authorities

  • Hastings Council: Peter Chowney to stand down as council leader; Nottingham City Council: Ian Curryer to stand down as chief executive.
  • By-election Results 30th January: Suffolk Council – Andy Drummond elected for Newmarket and Red Lodge – Conservative hold (caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Robin Millar); West Suffolk Council – Karen Soons elected for Newmarket North – Conservative hold (caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Robin Millar).


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Trade Associations

  • Energy UK: Emma Pinchbeck to become chief executive.

Interest Groups

  • World Vision UK: Tim Pilkington to stand down on 1 March.

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