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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

Heidi Allen joined the Liberal Democrat Party; she had been sitting as an Independent and was elected as Conservative.

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments – Maria Caulfield replaced Julia Lopez as a member.


Government Departments:

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Colin Bloom has been appointed as Faith Engagement Adviser.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Forestry Commission – Julia Grant was reappointed as a board member for three years.

Home Office

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – Alex Stevens resigned as a member.

Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group - Mark Watson-Gandy has replaced Christopher Hughes as Chair and Nóra Ni Loideain, Richard Guest, Charles Rabb and Julian Huppert have been named as new members.

Cabinet Office

David Halpern reappointed as the What Works National Adviser for three years from November.



Plaid Cymru

Alun Ffred Jones re-elected as Chair of the party.


Devolved Authorities:

Welsh Assembly

Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform - Huw Irranca-Davies, Delyth Jewell and David J Rowlands appointed as members of the new committee.

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales – David Henshaw to become Chair on 1st November, having been in the role on an interim basis.

Northern Ireland Government

Invest Northern Ireland - Kevin Holland appointed as Chief Executive, replacing Alastair Hamilton and starting on 21st October.

Scottish Government

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland - Laura Dunlop named as the new President from 12th October.


Local Authorities:

St Helen’s Council – Harry Catherall appointed as Chief Executive on an interim basis.

By-election Results 9th October

Basingstoke and Deane Council – Chris Tomblin elected for Bramley and Sherfield – Independent gain from Conservative (caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Venetia Rowland).

Watford Council – Bill Stanton elected for Tudor – Liberal Democrat hold (caused by the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Joe Fahmy).

Corby Council – Alison Dalziel elected for Beanfield – Labour hold (caused by the death of Labour councillor Mary Butcher).



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Interest Groups

National Council for Voluntary Organisations – Sarah Vibert to become Director of Policy and Volunteering in January.

Education Endowment Foundation - Becky Francis will replace Kevan Collins as Chief Executive in 2020.

Workers' Educational Association - Simon Parkinson appointed as Chief Executive and General Secretary in December, replacing Ruth Spellman.

Allchurches Trust – Rachel Whittington appointed as Trust Director.

Age UK – Vicki Thornton to become Chief Financial Officer.

Trade Associations

Universities and Colleges Employers Association – Raj Jethwa will become Chief Executive on 17th February.


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