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New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs Member content
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New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs

New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs

Dods People

3 min read Member content

Dods People draws together a list of appointments in Westminster politics, the devolved administrations and the public affairs sector in the last week.

Houses of Parliament:

House of Lords

Lord Smith of Clifton (Liberal Democrat, life peer) retired 31st January.

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk (Crossbench, life peer) retired 1st February.

Nicola Blackwood joined the House of Lords as Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford (Conservative, life peer).


Government Departments:

Home Office

Police Remuneration Review Body and National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body - Anita Bharucha appointed as Chair of both bodies.

Department for Work and Pensions

BPDTS Ltd - Katie Kapernaros and John Osmond have been appointed to the BPDTS board.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr Neil Wigan has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Israel in succession to David Quarrey from June.

Ben Fender has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Colin Martin-Reynolds has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change - Richard Dawson appointed as a member and Rosalyn Schofield and Ece Ozdemiroglu reappointed.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

National Gallery Board – Douglas Gurr appointed as a Trustee.

Information Commissioner's Office - Peter Hustinx appointed as a Non-Executive Director.

Department for Education

Education and Skills Funding Agency – Irene Lucas named as Management Board Chair.

Department of Health and Social Care

Care Quality Commission - Kate Terroni to become Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in May, replacing Debbie Westhead who had been in the role on an interim basis.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Michael Jary appointed as Lead Non-Executive Director.

Non-Ministerial Departments

Serious Fraud Office – John Kietly appointed as Chief Intelligence Officer, and Liz Corrin to become Head of Corporate Services on 1st April.


Devolved Authorities:

Scottish Government

Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland - Caroline Anderson named as the new Commissioner, replacing Bill Thomson on 31st March.


Northern Ireland Government

Police Service of Northern Ireland – George Hamilton to retire as Chief Constable in June.


Local Authorities:

By-election Results 31st January

Surrey County Council – Becky Rush elected for Warlingham – Conservative hold. (David Hodge resigned).

City of London Corporation – Bronek Masojada elected for Billingsgate – Independent gain from Independent. (Matthew Richardson retired).



Interest Groups

Citizens Advice – Rebecca Woolley joined as Director of Wales.

Barnardo’s – Wendy Becker to stand down as Chair and John Bartlett to take the role on an interim basis.

Great Ormond St Hospital Children's Charity - Louise Parkes appointed as Chief Executive, replacing Tim Johnson in May.

Muscular Dystrophy UK – Catherine Woodhead appointed as Chief Executive.

Trade Unions

National Association of Head Teachers – James Bowen became Director of Policy.


Hanover Communications – Mark Burr joins as Director of European Digital Policy.

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