Latest moves in the civil service & public affairs – April 29

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

Government departments

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Horticulture Development - Dr Louise Sutherland joined the Horticulture Sector Board, Reuben Collins the Potato Sector Board; Ben Schadla-Hall and Andrew Osmond the Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Board, and Richard Soffe the Dairy Sector Board as members.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Information Commissioner’s Office – Elizabeth Denham to be the new Information Commissioner.
  • Department for Transport: Highways England – Vanessa Howlison appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change: Civil Nuclear Police Authority - Mark Neate joins as a member, replacing George Beveridge.
  • Department for Education: Equality and Human Rights Commission – David Isaac appointed as Chair; Lesley Sawers appointed as Scotland Commissioner.
  • Department for Work and Pensions: Health and Safety Executive – Martin Temple appointed as Chair of the Board, replacing Judith Hackitt.


  • Welsh Government: Frank Atherton named as the new Chief Medical officer

UK parliament

  • House of Lords: Lord Inge (Crossbench, Life Peer) retired on 25th April; Lord Peston (Labour, Life Peer) died on 23rd April.
  • House of Commons: Naz Shah had the Labour party whip suspended and now sits as Independent; Welsh Affairs Committee – Glyn Davies appointed member, replacing Antoinette Sandbach.

Industry and public affairs

  • R3 – Andrew Tate to become President, replacing Phillip Sykes.
  • Cancer Research UK - Leszek Borysiewicz to replace Michael Pragnall as Chair from October 2016.
  • Quiller – Amy Selman appointed as a Consultant.
  • Amazon UK – Ruwan Kodikara to become Senior Manager of Corporate Communications in May.
  • Thomas Cook – Stephen D’Alfonso to become Group Head of Public Affairs in July.

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