Latest civil service & public affairs moves – May 28

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

General Election 2024

Key dates:

  • 24 May              Prorogation of Parliament
  • 30 May              Dissolution of Parliament
  • 7 June (5pm)    Publication of statement of persons nominated
  • 18 June              Deadline to register to vote
  • 4 July                  Polling day
  • 9 July                  New Parliament summoned
  • 17 July               State opening of Parliament

UK government

  • Prime Minister's Office –Admiral Sir George Zambellas GCB DSC ADC appointed as lord warden and admiral of the Cinque Ports, succeeding Lord Boyce. The Honourable Lord Justice Sir Fraser appointed as a privy counsellor.
  • Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Compensation Authority – Sir Robert Francis KC appointed as interim chair from 21 May.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC – Michael Plaut appointed as board member for Wales for four years from 1 June until 31 May 2028.
  • Department for Education: Engineering Construction Industry Training Board – Cameron Gilmour and Stephen Hunt re-appointed as board members for four years.
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal and Plant Health Agency – Dr Jenny Stewart appointed as interim chief executive from 1 July. English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee – Matthew Riddle appointed as chair. Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee – Paula Hewitt appointed as chair. Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee – Dr Rachel Gavey appointed as chair.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Giles Enticknap appointed as British high commissioner to the Republic of Botswana from August, succeeding Sian Price who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.
  • Department of Health and Social Care: Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment – Dr Ann Doherty, Dr Robert Searle Foster and Mr Robert Smith appointed as members for three years.
  • Ministry of Justice: Gov Facilities Services Limited – Maura Sullivan term as non-executive director extended from 1 April 2025 to 31 March 2026. Legal Services Board – Christine Nwaokolo appointed as non-lay member for four years. Parole Board – Keira Shepperson appointed as non-executive management committee member and audit and risk Committee chair for three years from 1 July until 30 June 2027; Julie Dent re-appointed as non-executive management committee member for three years until 31 March 2027.
  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Homes England – Abi Brown, David Cutter, Sir Oliver Letwin, Ros Kerslake and Peter Vernon appointed as non-executive directors to the board.
  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: UK Space Agency – Stuart Martin and David Parker appointed as non-executive members for three years from 9 May until 28 May 2027.

Houses of Parliament

House of Commons

  • Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, and Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham, had the Conservative whip restored 22 May.
  • Petitions Committee – Steve Double added.
  • Colin Lee appointed as clerk of legislation from 1 June, succeeding Liam Laurence Smyth.

House of Lords

  • The Earl of Sandwich (crossbench, hereditary peer) retired on 20 May. A by-election to elect a new crossbench hereditary peer will take place in due course.
  • Lord Ranger of Northwood was Conservative, now non-affiliated.
  • Preterm Birth Committee – Baroness Thornhill discharged.
  • Windsor Framework Sub-Committee – Lord Elliott of Mickle Fell added.

Political parties

Plaid Cymru

  • Co-operation agreement with the Welsh Government ended on 17 May. Siân Gwenllian no longer lead designated member and Cefin Campbell no longer second designated member.

Devolved administrations

Scottish Government

  • Michelle Macleod re-appointed as police investigations and review commissioner from 17 August.
  • Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands – Sheriff Jack Brown is to be removed from office on 7 June.

Welsh Parliament

  • Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee – Mike Hedges elected as chair.

Welsh Government

  • Sarah Murphy appointed as minister for social partnership, she was previously chair of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee.

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Justice Committee – Sinéad Ennis appointed as deputy chair.
  • Infrastructure Committee – Andrew McMurray added.
  • Windsor Framework Democratic Scrutiny Committee – Connie Egan added.

Local authorities

  • Arun District Council – Martin Lury appointed as council leader.
  • Babergh District Council – Deborah Shaw appointed as council leader.
  • Gloucester City Council – Jeremy Hilton appointed as council leader.
  • Nottingham City Council – Neghat Khan appointed as council leader.
  • Peterborough City Council – Dennis Jones appointed as council leader.
  • South Norfolk District Council – Daniel Elmer appointed as council leader.
  • Southend-on-Sea City Council – Daniel Cowan appointed as council leader.
  • Surrey Heath Borough Council – Nick Steevens appointed as interim chief executive.
  • Sutton Council – Barry Lewis appointed as council leader.
  • Warrington Borough Council – Hans Mundry re-appointed as council leader until May 2028.
  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Max Holloway appointed as council leader.
  • West Berkshire Council – Jeff Brooks appointed as council leader.
  • West Northamptonshire Council – Adam Brown appointed as council leader.
  • Worcester City Council – Lynn Denham appointed as council leader.


Interest Groups

  • Crohn’s & Colitis UK – Marianne Radcliffe appointed as chief executive from July.
  • National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) – Michael Davis appointed as chief executive from late August.
  • New Philanthropy Capital – Dan Corry to stand down as chief executive at the end of October.

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