Latest civil service & public affairs moves — October 26

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

By Dods People

26 Oct 2020

Government departments

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Caroline Ansell MP resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State; Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board: Jane King to stand down as chief executive in the next year.
  • Home Office: Migration Advisory Committee - Jennifer Smith and Jackline Wahba had their terms as members extended.
  • Department for Education: Student Loans Company - Rona Ruthen and Gary Page appointed as Non-Executive Directors for three years.
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Charles Moore has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia in succession to Kate Airey; Edward Oakden has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Tunisia.
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Ofcom - Simon Redfern to become director of communications in early 2021.

Devolved Authorities

  • Scottish Government: NHS Education for Scotland – Karen Reid to become chief executive from 1st February.
  • Northern Ireland Government: Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland – Bumper Graham appointed as chair.
  • Welsh Parliament: Caroline Jones, Mandy Jones and David Rowlands left the Brexit Party and now sit as Independent Alliance for Reform, with Caroline Jones as the Leader; Mark Reckless left the Brexit Party and now sits as Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party.

Local Authorities

  • Salford City Council: Tom Stannard to become chief executive in February, replacing Jim Taylor.
  • Perth and Kinross Council: Karen Reid to stand down as chief executive.
  • Sutton Council: Tom Drummond replaced Tim Crowley as leader.
  • Croydon Council: Hamida Ali replaced Tony Newman as leader.
  • Woking Borough Council: Ayesha Azad replaced David Bittleston as leader.


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  • Trainline – Jody Ford to replace Clare Gilmartin as Chief Executive at the end of February.

Think Tanks

Interest Groups

  • IPSA: Ian Todd became chief executive, replacing Marcial Boo.
  • Battersea: Kelly Brown appointed as director of finance and corporate services.

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