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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

Imogen Spencer-Dale | Dods People

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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 Commons

Sam Gyimah joined the Liberal Democrats; he was previously sitting as an Independent MP.

Government Departments:

Maggie Throup appointed as a Government Whip.

Rachel Maclean appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sajid Javid as Chancellor.

Non-Ministerial Departments

Government Actuary’s Department – Alison White and Ian Wilson began their roles as Non-executive Directors.

Devolved Authorities:

Scottish Parliament

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee – Finlay Carson elected as Deputy Convener.

Scottish Government

Public Health Scotland – Angela Leitch to become Chief Executive of the new body.

Local Authorities:

Maidenhead Council – Simon Dudley resigned as Leader and David Coppinger took on the role in an interim basis.

St Helen’s Council - Mike Palin to stand down as Chief Executive next week.

East Lothian Council – Angela Leitch to stand down as Chief Executive in December.

By-election Results 19th September

Somerset West and Taunton Council – Derek Perry elected for Vivary – Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative. (caused by the resignation of Catherine Herbert).

Wiltshire Council – Suzanne Wickham elected for Ethandune – Conservative hold. (caused by the death of Jerry Wickham).

Canterbury Council – Ben Fitter-Harding elected for Chestfield – Conservative hold. (caused by the death of Jenny Samper).

Hammersmith and Fulham Council – Helen Rowbottom elected for Fulham Broadway – Labour hold. (caused by the resignation of Alan de’Ath who has taken a politically-restricted job).

Liverpool Council – William Shortall elected for Old Swan – Labour hold. (caused by the resignation of Peter Brennan after he shared a racist video on WhatsApp).

North Lanarkshire Council – Norah Mooney elected for Thorniewood – Labour hold. (caused by the resignation of Hugh Gaffney MP).


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Industry Associations

Chartered Institute of Public Relations – Mandy Pearse chosen as the President-elect for 2020.

Interest Groups

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Ruth Marvel to become Chief Executive in November.

Mesothelioma UK – Guy Tewley appointed as Corporate Fundraising Officer.

The Cure Parkinson's Trust – Rick Lay appointed as Director of Fundraising and Marketing.


RBS – Alison Rose to become Chief Executive, replacing Ross McEwan on 1st November.


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