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

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10th February 2020

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

Derek Mackay resigned as Finance Minister, and was suspended from the SNP.
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Houses of Parliament:

House of Lords

Lord Sheldon (Labour, life peer) died 2nd February.

Finance Committee – Baroness Noakes replaces Lord Cope of Berkeley as a member.


Government Departments:

Department of Health and Social Care

Health Education England – Wendy Reid to become Chief Executive on an interim basis on 1st April, replacing Ian Cumming.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Philip Barton has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of India in succession to Dominic Asquith.

Catherine Inglehearn has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Niger in succession to Cat Evans.

Karen Pierce has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

HM Treasury

Financial Conduct Authority - Bernadette Conroy and Jeannette Lichnerwill named as Non-Executive Directors of the board, replacing Amelia Fletcher and Catherine Bradley.

National Savings and Investment - Christopher Fisher and Sharmila Nebhrajani reappointed as Non-Executive Directors of the board.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Innovate UK - Isabel Fox and Matt Clifford appointed as members of the council.

Regulatory Horizon Council – Cathryn Ross appointed as the first Chair of the new committee.

Sellafield Ltd - Martin Chown became the new Chief Executive.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

National Lottery Community Fund - Tony Burton appointed as interim Chair until 20th August.

Ministry of Justice

Parole Board – Peter Rook became the Vice-chair.


Devolved Authorities:

Scottish Parliament

Derek Mackay resigned as Finance Minister, and was suspended from the SNP.

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee - Beatrice Wishart replaced Mike Rumbles as a member.


Local Authorities:

Boston Council – Paul Skinner elected as Council Leader.

By-election Result 6th February

Warrington council – Alex Abbey elected for Burtonwood and Winwick – Labour hold (caused by the death of Labour councillor Terry O’Neill).



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Interest Groups

South West Lakes Trust – James Platts promoted to become Chief Executive.

360Giving – Tania Cohen to replace Rachel Rank on 16th March.

Shelter Scotland – Graeme Brown to stand down as Director in May.

Trade Associations

British Dental Association – Martin Woodrow appointed as Chief Executive, having been in the role on an interim basis.


Abellio UK – Emily James named as Head of Public Affairs.


Teneo – Amber Rudd to join as Senior Adviser.