Birmingham City Council has appointed former chief executive of neighbouring Solihull Council, Mark Rogers, as its new chief executive. Rogers will be taking up the role from March 2014 and will also lead the new economy directorate with a focus on generating jobs and economic growth in the city.
Following Birmingham’s children’s services being rated as inadequate for the past five years, primary factors for Rogers’ appointment are his former role as Solihull’s director of children’s services and the fact that he is considered as a national authority on child protection.
Rogers is also the president of the trade association for town hall officials, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE).Birmingham City Council’s current chief executive Stephen Hughes announced his retirement in September 2013 and is expected to step down from his post in February 2014.
Broxbourne Council has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Stack as the new chief executive at a full council meeting held on 10th December, 2013. A borough councillor described Stack as “a man of stature, endeavour and vision”. Stack’s appointment is expected to save taxpayers money in the long run. He will also take on the roles of returning officer for the authority and electoral registration officer.
Prior to being appointed as chief executive, Stack held the post of acting chief executive at the council after the resignation of former CEO, Mike Walker, in April 2013.
Bradford Council has appointed a new head of children’s services, Michael Jameson. Jameson is currently the executive director at Oldham Council and will take over from Kath Tunstall as the new strategic director of children’s services in 2014. Jameson will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and effectiveness of the council’s children’s services.
Jameson joined Oldham Council as the director of children’s services in 2009 and led the progress in children’s and adult’s services from ‘adequate’ to ‘excellent’.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council’s David Clarke has announced his retirement from the post of chief executive of both councils. A report released by the councils’ management committee stated that David Clarke would formally retire from his post at the end of April 2014.
Weymouth and Portland management committee have reportedly asked for approval to set up a joint appointment panel to recruit a replacement for the role. The proposal will also be put before West Dorset District councillors.
Milton Keynes Council’s David Hill has announced his retirement from the post of chief executive. Hill will formally step down from his role in September 2014. Hill has made this announcement well before the March 2014 local elections as he plans to assist the council in managing a successful transition to the next phase of organisational leadership.
Bassetlaw District Council has appointed Neil Taylor as its new chief executive. Taylor, who was previously the council’s director of resources, has been working as its acting chief executive since August 2012.
Taylor was confirmed to the post of chief executive following a unanimous vote to accept the recommendation of the cross-party appointments committee at December’s full council meeting.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Michael McCourt as its new chief executive. McCourt will be responsible for the trust’s community and mental health services across Greater Manchester. McCourt, who is currently the director of operations and nursing, is expected to take up the position from 1 January, 2014.
McCourt has been holding the post of director at Pennine Care since 2004. He is a qualified nurse and has worked in a range of clinical and non-clinical roles. He was also responsible for the trust’s service development strategy and professional leadership of nursing and allied health professionals. He also has extensive experience of service transformation and frontline services have grown by £150 million at Pennine Care during his leadership.
Cambridgeshire County Council has appointed Graham Hughes as its new executive director for economy, transport and environment. Hughes will be primarily responsible for improved infrastructure, economic development and working with the widest possible range of partners from government, health, education and business sectors.
Prior to this, Hughes held the post of the council’s service director for strategy and development and has experience in tackling the challenges facing local authorities.
Simon Bokor-Ingram has been appointed the joint director of community health and social care by NHS Shetland board members and Shetland Islands Council. This post is considered to be one of the first jointly held posts in Scotland and is expected to lead the integration of health and social care services in Shetland.Bokor-Ingram previously held the post of director of clinical services for NHS Shetland.
He has worked in the NHS for most of his working career and held the post of acting interim director of community care for the SIC for a few months.
Nigel Holdcroft, council leader of Southend Council has announced that he will step down from his post in May 2014 after holding the leadership post for seven years.
Holdcroft stated that he is planning to concentrate on his job with law firm Tolhurst Fisher after retiring from this post.
Holdcroft, who is also the leader of the ruling Tory group in the council, has confirmed that he will not be contesting his West Leigh seat in the May 2014 council elections. Southend Conservatives are currently planning to select a new leader-elect at a group meeting in February 2014.
Bradford Council’s Mac Ruiri is resigning from his post as the strategic director of regeneration and culture, as he is planning to take up a new role as the strategic director of place at Bristol City Council.
Ruiri is often credited with having an instrumental role in the creation of City Park, as well as, leading the ongoing regeneration of the wider city centre. He also worked on Canal Road Urban Village, the £1.4 billion Leeds City Region Deal to boost the local economy and transport network, and securing Westfield’s commitment to build in the city centre.
Rory McCallum, head of children and adult protection at Devon County Council has resigned from his post at the council. McCallum held the post for around five years and is leaving to relocate and pursue new opportunities.
McCallum’s departure comes after the council announced an overhaul of child protection in the county. In May 2013, Ofsted stated that the council’s services for some of the most vulnerable children were “inadequate”. The council responded by setting up independent panel and stated that it was “determined to bring about fundamental improvement”.
Cumbria County Council has appointed Colin Cox as its new director of public health. Cox, who will report to Richard Parry, the council’s director of health and care, will also assume the role of assistant director for health and wellbeing – with the support and agreement of the Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England.
Cox, who will be replacing Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, the county council’s acting director of public health, is joining the Council from Manchester City Council, where he was holding the post of deputy director of public health.
Whitchurch Town Council has elected three new councillors to the council following a by-election. Residents voted in John Buckley, Andy Jordan and David George to the council on 12th December, 2013.
The three positions became vacant after the shock resignation of three councillors – Jackie Day, Linda Thomas and Paul McGarvey – in October 2013. The councillors cited a lack of support as part of their reason for quitting.
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