People on the move: Lisa Nandy, Mark Darbon and more

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Lisa Nandy has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as part of the new cabinet formed by Prime Minister Keir Starmer.

Nandy (pictured) has served as a Labour MP for Wigan since 2010. She will replace Lucy Frazer, who had served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport since February 2023 after being appointed by Rishi Sunak.

Thangam Debbonaire had been serving as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and had been expected to take on the role in the new cabinet, but she lost her seat to Green Party candidate Carla Denyer following last week’s general election.

The R&A, organiser of golf’s Open Championship and Women’s Open, has appointed Mark Darbon as its new chief executive.

Darbon will succeed Martin Slumbers in the role. Darbon is a former senior member of the London 2012 Olympic Games organising committee, and he currently serves as chief executive of Premiership rugby club Northampton Saints.

Darbon also served as an expert adviser to the International Olympic Committee from 2013 to 2018, and as senior vice-president of Tough Mudder Inc in New York.

Euroleague Basketball has confirmed the re-appointment of president Dejan Bodiroga and chief executive Paulius Motiejunas to new long-term contracts.

Motiejunas was appointed acting chief executive in June 2023, with Bodiroga also reappointed as president. The pair will now continue to lead the organisation for the next four years.

Formula E has appointed Ellie Norman as its new chief marketing officer.

Norman joins the series after serving two years as chief communications officer at Premier League football club Manchester United, where she oversaw media relations, public affairs, brand development, creative content and fan engagement. She previously spent five years as chief marketing and communications officer at Formula 1.

Norman will join Formula E on September 30. She will replace Henry Chilcott, who is leaving the series after four years.

Racecourse Media Group has announced that Martin Stevenson will step down as chief executive by the end of the year.

Stevenson joined RMG in 2007 and has led the business since 2020, overseeing the delivery of record results for member racecourses. He will remain in post to lead the business in the coming months and work with the board and executive to manage the transition to his successor.

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