Latest civil service & public affairs moves – November 27

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

UK Government

  • Cabinet Office: Committee on Standards in Public Life – Doug Chalmers announced as the preferred candidate for chair, subject to pre-appointment scrutiny by the House of Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizens Service Trust – Catrin Anderson, Jonathan Freeman and Duncan McCourt appointed as board members for three years from 1 December.
  • Ministry of Justice: Youth Justice Board – Steph Roberts-Bibby appointed as permanent chief executive; she has been Interim chief executive since June.

Government reshuffle

Further details of the reshuffle can be found here.

Houses of Parliament

House of Commons

  • Energy Security and Net Zero Select Committee – Mick Whitley added; Hilary Benn discharged.
  • NEW Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Overseas Territories – Alicia Kearns appointed as chair; Brendan O'Hara, Henry Smith and Graham Stringer added.
  • NEW Holocaust Memorial Bill Select Committee – Mike Penning appointed as chair; Ben Bradshaw, Katherine Fletcher, Keir Mather and Angela Richardson added.
  • International Development Select Committee – Rosena Allin-Khan added; Navendu Mishra discharged.
  • Panel of chairs – Gordon Henderson and Valerie Vaz added.
  • Committee of Selection – Stuart Anderson and Joy Morrissey added; Jo Churchill and Steve Double discharged.
  • Transport Select Committee – Fabian Hamilton and Mick Whitley added; Mike Amesbury and Ruth Cadbury and discharged.
  • Treasury Select Committee – Keir Mather added; Rushanara Ali discharged.

House of Lords

  • Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton (Conservative, life peer) was introduced in the Lords on 20 November.
  • The Bishop of Lincoln (formerly The Bishop of Ely) was introduced in the Lords on 21 November.
  • Baroness Ashton of Upholland was a non-affiliated peer, now Labour.
  • Lord Skidelsky (Crossbench, life peer) suspended from the House of Lords for one month from 22 November.
  • Lord Camoys (Conservative) elected as an hereditary peer on 23 November, called following the death of Lord Brougham and Vaux.
  • International Relations and Defence Select Committee – Baroness Sugg discharged.

Devolved Administrations

Welsh Government

  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales – Dr David Blaney to stand down as chief executive on 9 February 2024.

Northern Ireland Executive

  • Inter-Departmental Working Group – Lisa Caldwell appointed as independent chair for one year from 20 November.
  • Maze/Long Kesh Development Corporation – Mark Adrain, Diana Fitzsimons, Áine Gallagher, Kevin Gamble, Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Maurice Johnston appointed as board members for five years.
  • Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation – Stephen White’s term as chair extended until 26 November 2025; June Butler, Sandra Best and Shane Quinn’s terms as trustees until 13 January 2026.

Local Authorities

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  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Caroline Lacey has left role as chief executive; Alan Menzies appointed as acting chief executive.
  • Tamworth Borough Council – Stephen Gabriel appointed as chief executive from April 2024.

Industry

Interest Groups

  • The King’s Fund – Sarah Woolnough appointed as chief executive from early 2024.
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action – Ruth Marks to retire as chief executive at the end of April 2024.

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