Latest civil service & public affairs moves – March 21

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

UK government

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: British Museum – Sir Charlie Mayfield re-appointed as trustee for four years from 1 June until 31 May 2026.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Alison Blake CMG appointed as governor of the Falkland Islands and Her Majesty’s commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from July.
  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Regulator of Social Housing – Bernadette Conroy announced as the preferred candidate for the post of chair. A pre-appointment hearing by the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee will take place on 21 March. Homes England – Pat Ritchie CBE, Lesley-Ann Nash, Mark Henderson and Lord Austin of Dudley appointed as non-executive directors of the board.
  • Privy Council Office – Alison Johnstone MSP appointed as a privy counsellor. Elin Jones MS appointed as a privy counsellor.

Houses of Parliament

House of Commons

  • Backbench Business Committee – Chris Green and Jerome Mayhew added; Duncan Baker and David Johnston discharged.
  • Education Committee – Caroline Ansell and Anna Firth added; Brendan Clarke-Smith and Christian Wakeford discharged.
  • Home Affairs Committee – Lee Anderson and Matt Vickers added; James Daly and Laura Farris discharged.
  • Justice Committee – Matt Vickers added; James Daly discharged.
  • Petitions Committee – Marsha De Cordova added; Taiwo Owatemi discharged.
  • Privileges Committee – Laura Farris added; Mark Fletcher discharged.
  • Public Accounts Committee – Louie French and Angela Richardson added; Gareth Bacon and Richard Holden discharged.
  • Standards Committee – Laura Farris added; Mark Fletcher discharged.

House of Lords

  • Richard Harrington was introduced to the House of Lords on 15 March as Lord Harrington of Watford.
  • Baroness Penn appointed as Lords Spokesperson for HM Treasury.

Political parties

Labour

  • Barbara Keeley MP appointed as shadow minister for the arts and civil society.

Devolved administrations

Scottish Government

  • Neil Gray MSP appointed as minister with special responsibility for refugees from Ukraine; and continues as minister for culture, Europe and international development.
  • Craig Naylor appointed as Her Majesty's chief inspector of constabulary in Scotland.
  • National Audiology Review Group – Professor Jacqueline Taylor appointed as chair.

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Paul Rankin co-opted as MLA for Lagan Valley on 14 March.

Northern Ireland Executive

  • Geraldine Hanna appointed as the victims of crime commissioner designate for Northern Ireland for three years from 13 June.

Local authorities

  • Belfast City Council – John Walsh appointed as chief executive from 21 March.
  • Croydon Council – Hamida Ali (Labour) to step down as council leader and councillor at the local elections in May.
  • Highland Council – Margaret Davidson (Independent) to step down as council leader and councillor at the local elections in May.
  • Lancaster City Council – Mark Davies appointed as chief executive, succeeding Kieran Keane who is stepping down on 31 March.
  • Newham Council – Althea Loderick to step down as chief executive after May's local elections.
  • Southwark Council – Althea Loderick appointed as chief executive, subject to a formal decision by Council Assembly on 23 March.

Industry

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Interest groups

  • Health Foundation – Dr Malte Gerhold appointed as director of innovation and improvement from May.
  • Labour in Communications – Lord Kinnock appointed as chair; Chris Birks appointed as partners and trade union relations lead; Rashida Din appointed as deputy IMPACT lead; Eve Mason appointed as parliamentary relations lead; Isabel Bull appointed as deputy CONNECT lead; Sarina Kiayani appointed as membership and tecruitment lead.
  • Ramblers – Ross Maloney appointed as chief executive.
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine – Dr Adrian Boyle elected as president.
  • University of Cambridge – James Helm appointed as director of communications and external affairs from early May.

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