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

Last week, it was announced that Mark Sedwill is to stand down as Cabinet Secretary, National Security Adviser and Head of the Civil Service in September. He will also lead a new G7 panel on Global Economic Security as the UK assumes the presidency | Credit: PA Images

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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

Baroness Maddock (Lib Dem, life peer) died on 26 June.

Lord Luce (Crossbench, life peer) retired on 29 June.

David Frost nominated for a life peerage.

Mark Sedwill nominated for a life peerage.

House of Commons

Health and Social Care Committee -Neale Hanvey replaced Amy Callaghan as a member.


Departments of State:

Prime Minister’s Office

David Frost appointed as the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser from September 2020.

Cabinet Office

Mark Sedwill to stand down as Cabinet Secretary, National Security Adviser and Head of the Civil Service in September. He will also lead a new G7 panel on Global Economic Security as the UK assumes the presidency.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

National Lottery Community Fund - John Mothersole appointed England Chair; Kate Still appointed Scotland Chair.

Gambling Commission – Stephen Cohen reappointed as a Commissioner from 12th November, for four years.

British Library - Venki Ramakrishnan appointed as a Trustee for four years.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Diane Corner appointed as Consul-General to Jerusalem from Spring, replacing Philip Hall.

Anna Clunes has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland in succession to Jonathan Knott.

Paul Johnston has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ireland in succession to Robin Barnett.

Ministry of Justice

Sentencing Council for England and Wales – Nick Ephgrave appointed as a Policing Member for three years.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Magnox Ltd – Nigel Houlton to become Future Missions Director.

Home Office

Police Remuneration Review Body & National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body - Kathryn Gray and Mark Hoble appointed as members.

Department for Work and Pensions

Rachel Wolf and Eleanor Shawcross named as Non-Executive Board Members.



Labour Party:

Kate Green appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Scottish National Party

Kirsty Blackman resigned as Deputy Leader in Westminster.


Devolved Authorities:

Northern Ireland Government

Arts Council NI - Julie Andrews, Lynne Best, Liam Hannaway, Sean Kelly, Una McRory and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir named as members of the board.


Local Authorities:

Wiltshire Council - Terence Herbert appointed as Chief Executive.



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Trade Associations

British Property Federation - David Partridge to become President, replacing Helen Gordon; Guy Grainger to become Vice-President; Jessica Hardman to become a board member.

UK Community Foundations - Rosemary Macdonald appointed as Chief Executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.

Interest Groups

The Oversight Trust – Assets for Common Good (formerly Big Society Trust) - Stuart Etherington named as Chair.


WPI Strategy - Anna Wallace joined as an Associate.

Edelman UK – Luciana Berger joined as Head of Public Affairs.


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