Former MP Sarah Newton has been named chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Previously minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah will replace Martin Temple from 1 August.
'As we move out of the nationwide lockdown and learn to live with COVID-19, the role of the HSE has never been more critical,' she said. 'I am looking forward to working with the HSE non-executive and executive leadership team, tackling the challenges, building on the strengths of the organisation and working in partnership with employers, unions, trade associations, professional bodies, academics and others, enabling Great Britain to work safely and well.'
Sarah was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office from July 2016 to November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth in May 2010, and served as assistant government whip from May 2015 until July 2016. Sarah was previously a councillor on Merton Council in south west London.
'As we learn to live with COVID-19, the role of the HSE has never been more critical'
She has served on a wide range of boards and is currently a non-executive director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Sarah was a marketing officer for IBIS, Citibank and American Express. After working for American Express for four years she became director of Age Concern England. She is also founder and initial director of the International Longevity Centre.
Thérèse Coffey, secretary of state for work and pensions, also welcomed the former MP to the safety watchdog: 'I’m pleased to welcome Sarah to this important role and look forward to working with her.
'Her insight and experience will be huge assets as we work to safely resume everyday life across the country, helping to build confidence within business and workers as we get Britain back into work.
'I would also like to thank Martin for his dedication throughout his service over the last five years.'