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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

Megan Macdougall | 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 Lords

Four new peers introduced into the House of Lords this week – Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle (Green), Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row (Conservative), Lord Barwell (Conservative) and Lord Davies of Gower (Conservative).

House of Commons 

MP Louise Ellman has resigned from the Labour Party.

Ugbana Oyet has been announced as the new Serjeant at Arms.

Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (SCIPSA) – Peter Blausten appointed as new lay member. The term begins in January 2020.


Government Departments: 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Paul Uppal has stepped down as Small Business Commissioner.

HM Land Registry – Simon Hayes has been appointed as the new Chief Executive.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jon Lambe has been appointed as the United Kingdom Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, in succession to Moazzam Malik CMG.

Cabinet Office
Government Property Agency – Newcastle City Council Chief Executive Pat Ritchie has been appointed as Chair for a four-year term.

Home Office
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – Dr Owen Boden-Jones has been reappointed as Chair. The three-year term starts on the 1 January 2020.
HM Revenue and Customs
Melissa Tatton has been appointed as the new Tax Assurance Commissioner.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Wallace Collection – Antonio Horta-Osorio has been reappointed as Chair. The term begins on 1 January 2020.

Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art – Christopher Baker and Stuart Lochhead have been appointed as members for a four-year term, beginning on the 1 October 2019.

Historic England Board – Sandie Dawe has been appointed as Commissioner for a four-year term from the 1 January 2020.

Ministry of Defence
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – Simon Devonshire OBE has been appointed as the new Chairman.


Non-Ministerial Departments

Competition and Markets Authority – Stuart Hudson has been appointed to the newly-created role of Senior Director for Strategy, Communications, Nations and Regions.


Devolved Authorities: 

Northern Ireland Executive

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland – Jacqui Durkin has been appointed as Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan’s successor from the 30 November 2019.


Local Authorities: 

Dover District Council – Keith Morris has resigned as Council Leader.

Kent County Council – Roger Gough replaces Paul Carter as Council Leader.

Thanet Council – Rick Everitt replaces Bob Brayford as Council Leader.

Anglesey Council – Annwen Morgan has replaced Gwynne Jones as Chief Executive.

By-election Results 17th October
North Yorkshire county council – Yvonne Peacock elected for Upper Dales – Conservative gain (caused by the death of Independent councillor John Blackie).

Richmondshire council – Jill McMullon elected for Hawes, High Abbotside and Upper Swaledale – Independent hold (caused by the death of Independent councillor John Blackie).

Liverpool council – Joanne Anderson elected for Princes Park – Labour hold (caused by the resignation of Labour councillor Timothy Moore).

Gravesham council – Helen Ashenden elected for Westcourt – Conservative gain (caused by the death of Labour councillor Ruth Martin).



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