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

Last week, Douglas Ross resigned as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Scotland Office | Credit: PA Images

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

Lord Woolmer (Labour, Life Peer) retired on 26th May.

House of Commons

Jonathan Edwards had the Plaid Cymru Whip suspended and now sits as an Independent.


Departments of State:

Scotland Office

Douglas Ross resigned as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – Ros Rivaz appointed as Chair, replacing Tom Smith from 1st September.

Ministry of Justice

Nicholas Hopkins has been reappointed as Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law.

HM Treasury

National Savings & Investments – Ian Ackerley reappointed as Chief Executive for three years.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Natural History Museum - Harris Bokhari and Yadvinder Malhi appointed as Trustees.

National Portrait Gallery - Mark Cecil and Chris Grayling appointed as Trustees.

UK Sport - Chris Pilling and Ismail Amla appointed as board members.

British Tourist Authority – Patrick McLoughlin appointed as Chair.

Visit England - Nick de Bois appointed as Chair.

Non-Ministerial Departments

UK Statistics Authority - Richard Dobbs and David Spiegelhalter have been appointed as non-executive board members.

Charity Commission – Nick Baker appointed as Chief Operating Officer in August.



Labour Party

David Evans elected as the General Secretary.


Devolved Authorities:

Northern Ireland Government

Industrial Court - Barry Fitzpatrick reappointed as Acting Chair, and Robin Bell, Barbara Martin, Patrick Masterson and Patricia O'Callaghan as members.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust - Gordon Smyth reappointed as Finance Non-Executive Director.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Justice Committee - Sinead Bradley replaced Patsy McGlone as a member.




Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Patsy McGlone replaced Pat Catney as a member.


Local Authorities:

East Devon District Council - Paul Arnott appointed as Leader of the Council.



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Interest Groups

Mercy Ships UK - Joanne Balaam named as Acting Executive Director, replacing Lea Milligan.

MQ: Transforming Mental Health – Lea Milligan to become Chief Executive at the end of June.

Mencap - Mairi Martin appointed as Executive Director of Transformation.

Comic Relief - Eric Salama appointed as Chair.

The National Brain Appeal – Jackie Ashley appointed as Chair.

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