Latest civil service & public affairs moves – January 20
New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People
- Prime Minister's Office – The Reverend Canon Andrew Zihni appointed as Dean of Gloucester, succeeding The Right Reverend Stephen Lake following his appointment as Bishop of Salisbury.
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Alyson King OBE appointed as His Majesty’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from April, succeeding Emily Maltman who will be transferring to another diplomatic service appointment.
- Government Equalities Office: Equality and Human Rights Commission – Joanne Cash appointed as commissioner.
- Department of Health and Social Care: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – Professor Tom Clutton-Brock MBE appointed as chair of the Interim Devices Working Group. British Pharmacopoeia Commission – Professor Monique Simmonds and Robert Lowe’s term as members extended for 12 months until 31 December.
- Home Office – Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE KC appointed to carry out an independent review of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.
- Ministry of Justice – Adrian Usher announced as the preferred candidate to be prisons and probation ombudsman. The role is subject to a pre-appointment hearing by the Justice Select Committee.
- Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – Professor Richard Prager appointed as chief scientific adviser, succeeding Professor Alan Penn.
- Department for Work and Pensions: Industrial Injuries Advisory Council – Dr Richard Heron and Dr Sharon Stevelink appointed as independent medical/scientific members; Dr Sally Hemming and Stephen Mitchell appointed as employee representatives.
Houses of Parliament
House of Commons
- West Lancashire by-election – read the Statement of Persons Nominated
- European Statutory Instruments Committee – Peter Grant added; Richard Thomson discharged.
- High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill Committee – Andrew Percy appointed as chair.
- Procedure Committee – Tonia Antoniazzi added; Bambos Charalambous discharged.
- Selection Committee – Peter Grant added; Richard Thomson discharged.
- Statutory Instruments Committee – Peter Grant added; Richard Thomson discharged.
- Treasury Committee – Douglas Chapman added; Alison Thewliss discharged.
- Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority – Heather Wheeler added.
House of Lords
- The Bishop of Sheffield (non-affiliated) joined the House of Lords on 17 January.
- Lord Soley (Labour, life peer) retired from the House of Lords on 19 January.
- Baroness Howarth of Breckland’s (crossbench, life peer) leave of absence ended on 19 January.
Scottish National Party
- Brendan O'Hara MP replaced Martin Docherty-Hughes MP as chief whip of the Westminster Group.
- Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee – Carol Mochan added; Paul Sweeney discharged.
- Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee – Carol Mochan added; Paul Sweeney discharged.
- Health, Social Care and Sport Committee – Paul Sweeney added; Carol Mochan discharged.
- Ellis Watson appointed as chief business adviser to the first minister.
Northern Ireland Executive
- Libraries NI – Professor Bernard Cullen’s term as chair extended from 1 May until 31 October; Deirdre Kenny, Harry Reid and Dr Margaret Ward’s term as members extended until 30 June.
- Northern Ireland Social Care Council – Catherine McPhillips’ term as non-executive registrant member extended until 2 February; Anne O'Reilly's term as non-executive stakeholder member extended until 28 February.
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- Bradford Council – Kersten England to retire as chief executive in June.
- Brent Council – Kim Wright appointed as chief executive, subject to ratification by the council on 23 January. She will replace Carolyn Downs who announced her decision to retire in April 2022.
- Scottish Borders Council – David Robertson appointed as chief executive. He has been acting chief executive since July 2022.
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- Black Equity Organisation – Dr Wanda Wyporska appointed as chief executive from February. She will leave her role as chief executive of the Society of Genealogists.
- Blood Cancer UK – Helen Rowntree appointed as chief executive. She has been interim chief executive since November 2022.
- British Paralympic Association – Dave Clarke appointed as chief executive, succeeding Mike Sharrock who will step down at the end of February.
- Langdon – Neil Taylor to step down as chief executive at the end of March.
- Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Nora Smith appointed as chief executive.
- The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – Karen Middleton CBE to retire as chief executive at the end of 2023.