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

Posted On: 
18th April 2019

Dods People draws together a list of appointments in Westminster politics, the devolved administrations and the public affairs sector in the last week.


Government Departments:

Whips’ Office

Craig Whittaker became Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip).

Department for Work and Pensions

Emma Haddad became Director-General for Service Excellence, John-Paul Marks became Director-General for Work and Health Services.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Simon Mustard has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Alison Blake has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Ministry of Justice

Legal Services Board - Catherine Brown, Tim Sawyer and Ian Hamer named as lay members, Jemima Coleman and Michael Smyth reappointed as board members and Catherine Seddon reappointed as a lay members.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Homes England - Lou Downe appointed as Director of Service Design and Transformation.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UK Space Agency Steering Board – Sally Howes named as Chair, replacing David Southwood.


Devolved Authorities:

Northern Ireland Civil Service

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation – David de Casseres and Claire Williams appointed to the board.


Local Authorities:

Luton Council - Robin Porter to become Chief Executive on 6th May.

Scarborough Council – Michael Greene set to be appointed as Chief Executive, beginning in August.



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Interest Groups

Human Appeal - Mohamed Ashmawey appointed as Chief Executive.

British Liver Trust – Pamela Healy appointed as Chief Executive.

Trade Associations

Public Affairs Board – George McGregor and Emma Petela became Co-Chairs, replacing Paul Bristow, Cathy Owens and Paul Church to become Vice-chairs.

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