Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 20

Written by Dods People on 20 March 2017 in News

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People

House of Commons

  • Science and Technology Committee – Gareth Snell replaced Roberta Blackman-Woods as member.
  • Justice Committee – Jo Stevens replaced Marie Rimmer as a member.
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee – Antoinette Sandbach replaced Kelly Tolhurst as member.
  • Committee on Standards - Tammy Banks, Rita Dexter and Paul Thorogood appointed as lay members from the end of the month.

Government departments

  • Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions Advisory Service – Ann Harris appointed as chair.
  • Department for International Trade: UK Export Finance – Davinder Mann appointed as head of legal division.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sharon Wardle has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia; Alison Kemp has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Montenegro.
  • Department for Transport: Tim Blackmore OBE and Simon Evans appointed as traffic commissioners for the North East and the North West respectively.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Youth Full-Time Social Action Review – Steve Holliday announced as the chair.

Local Authorities

  • By-election Results 16th March: Blackpool Council – Michele Scott elected for Warbreck – Conservative hold; Breckland Council – Theresa Hewett elected for Saham Toney – Conservative hold; Newcastle upon Tyne Council – Clare Penny-Evans elected for South Heaton – Labour hold; South Ribble Council – Carol Ann Chisholm elected for Walton-le-Dale East – Conservative hold.

Industry and interest groups

  • The Evening Standard – George Osborne is to become the editor from mid-May.
  • Royal College of General Practitioners - Neil Hunt stood down as Chief Executive, Valerie Vaughan-Dick is to take the role on an interim basis.


  • The Whitehouse Consultancy – Samantha Gibson joined as director.
  • PLMR - Simon Darby appointed as senior account manager.
About the author

Want to know more? Click here for information on our Dods People UK service

Share this page

Further reading in our policy hubs

Add new comment

Contact the author

The contact details for the Civil Service World editorial team are available on our About Us page.

Related Articles

Pre-election contact underway between Labour and perm secs

21 April 2017

General election guidance published by Cabinet Office sets out rules for civil servants in snap...

MPs seek end to ‘after the fact’ spending scrutiny

20 April 2017

Commons Procedure Committee demands beefed-up model for examining government's Main Supply...

4% fall in FOI requests in 2016, Cabinet Office reveals

20 April 2017

DWP, MoD, MoJ and Home Office continue to get most Freedom of Information requests, figures show...

Related Sponsored Articles

BYOD: The critical balancing act
3 April 2014

How can organisations allow employees to use their own devices to access corporate information...

Bringing government data to life
8 June 2016

Microsoft shows a few of the ways that governments can turn data into insight

Mind the Gap
3 April 2014

Given the rhetoric surrounding the shift to the modern workplace and the importance of centring...

The value of Unified Communication in practice
12 May 2014

There is no doubt that the innovative use of technology within the UK’s public sector is fast...