Latest civil service & public affairs moves – October 3

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

Government reshuffle 

Details of the reshuffle can be found here.

UK government

Prime Minister's Office: cabinet committees

  • Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) – Liz Truss appointed as chair; Therese Coffey, Kwasi Kwarteng, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Simon Clarke, Ranil Jayawardena and Chris Philp appointed as members. 
  • Foreign Policy and Security Council – Liz Truss appointed as chair; Therese Coffey, Kwasi Kwarteng, James Cleverly, Suella Braverman, Ben Wallace, Nadhim Zahawi, Michael Ellis and Tom Tugendhat appointed as members. 
  • Foreign Policy and Security Council sub-committee: nuclear deterrence and security – Liz Truss appointed as chair; Kwasi Kwarteng, James Cleverly, Suella Braverman, Ben Wallace and Jacob Rees-Mogg appointed as members. 
  • Home Affairs Committee – Therese Coffey appointed as chair; Kwasi Kwarteng, Suella Braverman, Brandon Lewis, Nadhim Zahawi, Simon Clarke, Chloe Smith, Kit Malthouse, Chris Heaton-Harris, Alister Jack, Robert Buckland and Michael Ellis appointed as members. 
  • Climate Action Implementation Committee – Alok Sharma appointed as chair; Kwasi Kwarteng, James Cleverly, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Simon Clarke, Kemi Badenoch, Chloe Smith, Ranil Jayawardena and Anne-Marie Trevelyan appointed as members. 
  • Parliamentary Business and Legislation Committee – Penny Mordaunt appointed as chair; Lord True, Chris Heaton-Harris, Alister Jack, Robert Buckland, Wendy Morton, Chris Philp, Michael Ellis, Edward Argar, Lord Stewart of Dirleton and Baroness Williams of Trafford appointed as members. 

Other departments

  • Cabinet Office: House of Lords Appointments Commission – Baroness Taylor of Bolton appointed as Labour Party Member. 

Houses of Parliament

House of Commons 

  • Rupa Huq administratively suspended by the Labour Party and Labour whip suspended. She now sits as an independent MP. 
  • Election of the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee – Nominations are open until Tuesday 11 October. If there is only one candidate, the speaker is likely to announce the result that day. If there is more than one candidate a ballot will take place on Wednesday 12 October. The speaker will announce the results in the chamber later that day. Current nominees are: Iain Duncan Smith, Alicia Kearns 
  • Election of the chair of the Science and Technology Committee – Nominations are open until Tuesday 11 October. If there is only one candidate, the speaker is likely to announce the result that day. If there is more than one candidate a ballot will take place on Wednesday 12 October. The speaker will announce the results in the chamber later that day. Current nominee is: Greg Clark 

House of Lords 

  • Lord Sheikh (Conservative, life peer) died on 22 September. 

Devolved administrations

Scottish Parliament 

  • Parliamentary Bureau – Alexander Burnett added; Stephen Kerr discharged. 
  • Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee – Edward Mountain appointed as convener. 
  • Economy and Fair Work Committee – Graham Simpson added; Alexander Burnett discharged. 
  • Education, Children and Young People Committee – Stephen Kerr added; Oliver Mundell discharged. 
  • Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee – Oliver Mundell added; Graham Simpson discharged. 

Welsh Government 

  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee – Martin Buckle re-appointed as chair for three years until August 2025. 
  • Powys Teaching Health Board – Carl Cooper selected as the preferred candidate for chair from 17 October, subject to the relevant pre-employment security checks; Professor Vivienne Harpwood’s tenure as chair has been extended until 16 October. 

Northern Ireland Executive 

  • Health and Social Care Pension Board – Paul Cummings appointed as independent chair until 30 June 2026. 
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust – Billy Graham's term as non-executive (lay) director has been extended until 20 April 2023. 
  • Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland – Dr Geraldine O'Hare appointed as president from 1 November until 31 October 2026. 

Local authorities

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  • Bolton Council – Sue Johnson appointed as chief executive. 
  • South Derbyshire District Council – Frank McArdle is to retire as chief executive after leading the authority for 23 years. 

Industry  

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Interest groups 

  • ELCAP – Paul White to stand down as chief executive at the start of October. 
  • Macmillan Cancer Support – Gemma Peters appointed as chief executive from January 2023. 

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