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

Posted On: 
7th January 2019

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 Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat, Life Peer) died on 22nd December.

Lord Higgins (Conservative, Life Peer) retired on 1st January.

House of Commons

John Redwood, Gary Streeter and Alan Campbell received knighthoods.

Edward Leigh, Philip Dunne and Roger Gale joined the Privy Council.

Fiona Onasanya expelled from the Labour Party and now sits as Independent.

Andrew Bowie appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Government departments:

Ministry of Justice

HM Prison and Probation Service - Phil Copple appointed as Director-General for Prisons on an interim basis, and Amy Rees as Director-General for Probation on an interim basis.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

David Lelliott has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

David McIlroy has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea in succession to Catherine Inglehearn in June.

Neil Bush is to succeed Sian MacLeod as Head of the United Kingdom's Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in March.

HM Treasury

Financial Policy Committee - Colette Bowe and Jayne-Anne Gadhia have been appointed as external members.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Ben Elliot appointed as government's first Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

  Devolved Authorities:

Welsh Government

Transport for Wales – Scott Waddington named as the new Chair.


Interest Groups

Save the Children UK - Peter Bennett-Jones to resign as Chair at the end of the month.

Campaign for Real Ale - Tom Stainer appointed as Chief Executive and Ken Owst as Deputy Chief Executive.

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