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Who's been hired, fired or retired this week in UK politics – 7 October

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A round up of people moves and appointments in UK and devolved politics, the civil service and public affairs, from our colleagues at Dods People.

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Government reshuffle:

Details of the reshuffle can be found here:

Houses of Parliament:

House of Lords

The Bishop of Leicester joined the House of Lords on 6 October.

Nick Markham raised to the peerage as Lord Markham on 7 October. He will be introduced to the House of Lords on 10 October.

UK Government:

Cabinet Office

Civil Service Commission – Elizabeth Walmsley, Stephen Cohen, Christopher Pilgrim and Atul Devani appointed as Commissioners for five years from 3 October 2022.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Ailsa Terry appointed as High Commissioner to Malaysia from July 2023, succeeding Charles Hay MVO who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Jill Morris CMG appointed as His Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Türkiye from January 2023, succeeding Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service.

Department for International Trade

UK Export Finance – Samir Parkash appointed as Interim Chief Executive.

Department for Transport

Maritime and Coastguard Agency – Damien Oliver appointed as Interim Chief Executive from 17 October.

HM Treasury

UK Government Investments – Andrew Ballheimer, Kalpana Desair and Mahnaz Safa appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Directors for three years until 21 September 2025.

Devolved Administrations:

Northern Ireland Executive

Andrew Magowan and Jim McCooe appointed as Non-executive Directors to the Departmental Board and Members of the Departmental Audit and Risk Assurance Committee for three years. Jim McCooe will also Chair the Departmental Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Paul Mageean re-appointment as Chief Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland.

Probation Board for Northern Ireland – Eileen Patterson appointed as Deputy Chair until 28 February 2025.

Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland – Craig Blaney appointed as Non-executive Director until 31 July 2026.

Local Authorities:

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Windsor and Maidenhead Council – Tony Reeves appointed as Interim Chief Executive.


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Interest Groups

Alzheimer's Research UK – Kate Swann appointed as Chair from 1 February 2023.

Mind – Sarah Hughes appointed as Chief Executive.

Urban Transport Group – Jonathan Bray to step down as Director in April 2023.

Whitehall & Industry Group – Vicky Browning appointed as Interim Chief Executive from 10 October.

Young Enterprise Scotland – Emma Soanes appointed as Chief Executive.

Trade Associations

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) – Peter McManus appointed as Deputy Director – Public Affairs.

This report was created by Dods Political Intelligence

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