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

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16th March 2018

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

Houses of Parliament:

House of Commons

Petitions Committee - That Susan Elan Jones discharged and Daniel Zeichner added as a member.


Government departments:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

VisitEngland - Fiona Pollard and Allan Lambert

Historic Royal Palaces – Rupert Gavin reappointed as Chair until 2021.

UK Sport Board - Sally Bolton appointed as a member.

Department for Transport

Maritime and Coastguard Agency – Alan Massey to retire as Chief Executive at the end of the year.

Ministry of Justice

Judicial Pension Board – Russell Aguis appointed as an independent member for two years.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England - Lord Blencathra, Sue Hartley, Henry Robinson and Marian Spain appointed to the Board and Catherine Dugmore named as Chair of the Audit, Risk, Assurance Committee.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board - Conor Colgan, James Shouler , Richard Sparey and Steve Thompson appointed as new Beef & Lamb sector board members.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Rob Macaire has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iran in succession to Nicholas Hopton.



Labour Party

Debbie Abrahams resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Margaret Greenwood has taken the role on an interim basis.


Devolved Authorities:

Welsh Government

Adrian Crompton to become Auditor General for Wales in July, replacing Huw Vaughan Thomas.


Local Authorities:

By-election Results 15th March

South Kesteven Council – Rachael Cooke elected for Stamford St George's – Conservative hold. (Katherine Brown resigned).

South Kesteven Council – David Taylor elected for Stamford St John’s – Conservative hold. (Terl Bryant died).

Redcar and Cleveland Council – Vera Rider elected for Longbeck – Conservative gain from Independent – (Mike Findley resigned).



Trade Associations

Confederation of British Industry – John Cope to become Head of Policy, Education & Skills on 26th March.

Interest Groups

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - Russell Viner took up his role as President.


BBC – Kerris Bright to become Chief Customer Officer in the summer and will sit on the Executive Committee.


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