Latest civil service & public affairs moves – June 19

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

UK government

  • Prime Minister's Office – Dame Sue Carr appointed as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 1 October, succeeding Lord Burnett of Maldon who will retire on 30 September.  The Reverend Canon Dr Philip Plyming appointed as Dean of Durham, succeeding The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett following his appointment as Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. The Venerable Ian Bishop appointed as Bishop of Thetford, succeeding The Right Reverend Dr Alan Winton following his retirement. 
  • Cabinet Office Resignation Honours 2023 announced: Sir William Cash MP – CH, Andrea Jenkyns MP – DBE, Amanda Milling MP – DBE , Priti Patel MP – DBE, Ann Sindall – DBE, Michelle Williams-Walker – DBE, Conor Burns MP – Knighthood, Simon Clarke MP – Knighthood, Benjamin Elliot – Knighthood, Michael Fabricant MP – Knighthood, William Lewis – Knighthood, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP – Knighthood, Martin Alexander Baillie Reynolds – CB, Guto Harri – CBE, Rosemary Bate-Williams – CBE, David Blair – CBE, Colin Bloom – CBE, Henry Cook – CBE, Jack Doyle – CBE, Roisha Hughes – CBE, Ray Lewis – CBE, David Canzini – OBE, Samantha Cohen – OBE, Alexander Crowley – OBE, Rebecca Haggar Kaikitis – OBE, Samantha Harrison – OBE, Benjamin Mallet – OBE, Robert Oxley – OBE, Daniel Ritterband – OBE, Sarah Vaughan-Brown – OBE, Dr William Warr – OBE, Catherine Rostron – OBE, Kelly Jo Dodge – MBE, Andrea Laybourne – MBE, Richard Mark – MBE, Gregory Munro – MBE, Alexander Simpson – MBE, Lynda Summers – MBE 
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: National Museums Liverpool – Sarah Dean re-appointed as Trustee for three years until 28 February 2026; Heather Blyth, Paul Eccleson, Rita Mclean and Anthony Wilson re-appointed as Trustees for three years until 17 May 2026; David Flemming re-appointed as Trustee for four years until 28 February 2027. 
  • Department for Education: Music Education Monitoring Board – Baroness Fleet appointed as Chair. 
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Nick Dyer appointed as Second Permanent Under-Secretary from 3 July.  Robert Chatterton Dickson appointed as Chargé d’Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan, currently based in Doha, from July, succeeding Hugo Shorter who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Jane Marriott OBE appointed as British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan from July, succeeding Dr Christian Turner CMG who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. 
  • Department of Health and Social Care: Commission on Human Medicines – David Crundwell appointed as Commissioner for four years from 12 June. 
  • Ministry of Justice: Judicial Appointments Commission – Most Rev Barry Morgan re-appointed as Commissioner for two years until 5 July 2025; Judge Greg Sinfield re-appointed as Commissioner for three years until 8 June 2026. 
  • Northern Ireland Office: Omagh Bombing Inquiry – Lord Turnbull appointed as Chair. 

Houses of Parliament

House of Commons 

  • Bambos Charalambous had the Labour whip suspended on 9 June, pending an investigation, and now sits as an Independent MP. (He was Labour’s Shadow Minister for Middle East and North Africa). 
  • Nigel Adams (Conservative) appointed as Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead on 12 June. The writ was issued on 14 June and a by-election will take place on 20 July to elect a new MP for Selby and Ainsty. 
  • Boris Johnson (Conservative) appointed as Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern on 12 June. The writ was issued on 14 June and a by-election will take place on 20 July to elect a new MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. 
  • Business and Trade Committee – Jonathan Gullis, Antony Higginbotham and Anthony Mangnall added; Ruth Edwards, Mark Jenkinson and Alexander Stafford discharged. 
  • Energy Security and Net Zero Committee – Hilary Benn, Vicky Ford, Barry Gardiner, Mark Garnier, Mark Hendrick, Mark Jenkinson, Dan Poulter, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Alexander Stafford added. 

House of Lords 

  • Edward Young was raised to the peerage as Lord Young of Old Windsor on 13 June and his introduction to the House of Lords took place on 15 June. He will sit as a Crossbench peer. 
  • Earl Russell (Liberal Democrat) elected to the House of Lords as an hereditary peer on 14 June. 

Resignation Peerages 2023 announced: 

  • Shaun Bailey AM (currently a Member of the London Assembly) 
  • Benjamin Gascoigne (former Political Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff to Boris Johnson) 
  • Benjamin Houchen (currently Mayor of Tees Valley Combined Authority) 
  • Ross Kempsell (currently Political Director of the Conservative Party and Director of the Conservative Research Department) 
  • Charlotte Owen (former Special Adviser to Boris Johnson) 
  • Kulveer Singh Ranger (former Director of Transport for Boris Johnson while Mayor of London, and Special Adviser on Digital Strategy) 
  • Daniel Rosenfield (former Chief of Staff to Boris Johnson) 


  • Deputy Chairmen of Committees – Lord Ashton of Hyde, Viscount Colville of Culross and Baroness Scott of Needham Market added; Lord Brougham and Vaux, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill and Lord Rogan discharged. 
  • European Affairs Committee – Lord Ricketts appointed as Chair; Earl of Kinnoull discharged. 
  • Industry and Regulators Committee – Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway added; Lord Leong discharged. 
  • National Security Strategy Joint Committee – Lord Sarfraz added; Lord Ashton of Hyde discharged. 

Political parties

Democratic Unionist Party 

  • Gavin Robinson MP elected as Deputy Leader on 9 June. 

Devolved administrations

Scottish Parliament 

  • Finance and Public Administration Committee – Kenneth Gibson added; Keith Brown discharged. 

Scottish Government 

  • Màiri McAllan’s Cabinet Secretary remit expanded to Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition. 
  • Fiona Hyslop appointed as Minister for Transport 
  • Richard Lochhead’s ministerial remit expanded to Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade; he will take over green economy matters from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition and will report to her for these issues. 
  • Gillian Martin’s ministerial remit expanded to Minister for Energy and the Environment; she will report jointly to the Cabinet Secretary for the Wellbeing Economy and to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands. 
  • Police Scotland – Jo Farrell appointed as Chief Constable from later this year. 

Welsh Government 

  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee – Paul Blackman, Robin Campbell, Jean-Francois Dulong, Geraint Edwards, Natalie Haines, Anne-Marie Moon, Jeremy Parr, Karen Potter, Dominic Scott, Andrew Stone, Darren Thomas, Mike Wellington, Paul Williams and Catherine Wilson appointed as Members for three years until March 2026. 

Local authorities

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  • Portsmouth City Council – Natalie Brahma-Pearl selected to be the next Chief Executive; it is expected to be confirmed by councillors at Full Council on 20 June. 


Interest Groups 

  • Brain Charity – Pippa Sargent appointed as Chief Executive from August. 
  • Bridge House Estates Board – Dr Giles Shilson re-elected as Chair. 
  • National Lottery Community Fund – Halima Khan, Kamran Rashid and Karin Woodley appointed as England Committee Members until 1 April, 2027. 
  • New Economics Foundation – Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah appointed as Chief Executive from January 2024; he is currently Chief Executive of Oxfam GB. 


  • House Magazine – Francis Elliott appointed as Editor from September. 

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