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

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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 Morris of Handsworth (Labour, life peer) retired from the House of Lords on 21st July.

House of Commons

Backbench Business Committee – Gareth Bacon replaced Nickie Aiken as a member.

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee – Ian Levy replaced Daniel Kawczynski as a member.

Procedure Committee - James Gray and Douglas Ross replaced Anthony Mangnall and Gary Sambrook as member.

Women and Equalities Committee - Elliot Colburn replaced Nickie Aiken as a member.


Departments of State:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Ofcom - Melissa Tatton to become Interim Group Director, Corporate in September.

Department for Transport

Highways England- Dipesh J Shah to replace Colin Matthews as Chair.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Sarah Munby became Permanent Secretary on 20th July.

Financial Reporting Council - Mark Babington has been appointed Executive Director, Regulatory Standards, while Alex Kuczynski has been appointed Executive Director, Corporate Services and General Counsel.

Groceries Code Adjudicator – Mark White to replace Christine Tacon as Adjudicator later in the year and will work alongside her as Deputy in the interim.

Non-Ministerial Departments

HMRC – Melissa Tatton to stand down as Valuation Office Agency Chief Executive.


Devolved Authorities:

Northern Ireland Government

Legal Services Board - Flora Page and Stephen Gowland appointed as non-lay members and Marina Gibbs reappointed as a lay member.


Local Authorities:

Allerdale Borough Council – Andrew Seekings appointed as Chief Executive having been in the role on an interim basis.

Brighton and Hove Council - Phelim Mac Cafferty became the Leader of the Council, replacing Labour’s Nancy Platts as the Green Party took control of the council.

Staffordshire County Council – Alan White became Leader of the Council, replacing Philip Atkins.



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Interest Groups

Refugee Council – Enver Soloman appointed as Chief Executive.

The Fawcett Society – Sam Smethers to stand down as Chief Executive.

Muslim Aid - Kashif Shabir replaced Jehangir Malik as Chief Executive on an interim basis.

European Foundation Centre – Delphine Moralis to become Chief Executive in September, replacing Gerry Salole.

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis - Grazina Berr replaced Gary McMahon as Chief Executive

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