Following the resignation of Peter Hain from the cabinet, James Purnell was appointed as the new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. Prior to his appointment he was Secretary of State at the Department of Culture, Media & Sport from June 2007, and before that Minister for Pensions Reform. His ministerial team includes Stephen Timms as Minister of State for Employment & Pensions Reform and Mike O’ Brien who remains Minister for Pensions Reform.