Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 23

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


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Government departments

  • Gerald Grimstone appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for International trade and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  • Stephen Greenhalgh appointed as a Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.
  • Ministry of Justice: Children and Family Court Support Service - Helen Jones, Eileen Munro and Rohan Sivanandan have been appointed as members of the board.
  • Department for Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - Gillian Leng appointed as chief executive, replacing Andrew Dillon on 1 April.
  • Home Office: Matthew Rycroft became permanent secretary, replacing Shona Dunn who had been in the role on an interim basis; Migration Advisory CommitteeBrian Bell became interim chair.
  • Department for International Development: Nick Dyer replaced Matthew Rycroft as permanent secretary on an interim basis.
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Nicholas Saphir appointed as Chair from April, replacing Peter Kendall.
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: British Film Institute - Pat Butler reappointed as governor; Horseracing Betting Levy Board – Lord Risby reappointed as a board member.
  • Department for Education: Student Loans Company - Peter Lauener appointed as Chair, replacing Andrew Wathey who was in the role on an interim basis.
  • Department for Transport: Network Rail - Charlene Wallace joined Director for National Passenger and Customer Experience.

Devolved Authorities

  • Welsh Assembly: Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Helen Mary Jones replaced Bethan Sayed as Chair on a temporary basis.
  • Scottish Parliament: Justice Sub-committee on Policing - Shona Robison replaced Jenny Gilruth as a member.
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee for Health - Pat Sheehan replaced Jemma Dolan; Committee for Justice - Jemma Dolan replaced Pat Sheehan.
  • Northern Ireland Government: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Board - Maura Briscoe and Maynard Mawhinney reappointed as Non-executive Lay Directors, and Noel Brady as a Non-executive Finance Director.
  • Welsh Government: National Infrastructure Commission for Wales - John Lloyd Jones to continue as interim Chair.

Local Authorities

  • By-election Result 19 March: Coventry council – Gurdev Singh Hayre elected for Upper Stoke – Labour hold (caused by the death of Sucha Singh Bains).


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  • HSBC: Noel Quinn appointed as Chief Executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.

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