People on the move – February 2014

West Sussex Council’s chief executive to step down

Kieran Stigant, chief executive of West Sussex County Council, will be leaving the local authority on January 31, 2014. He will leave as the local authority introduces a new cost-cutting exercise which involves scrapping the role of chief executive.

The top management position will now be shared between the chief operating officer and an interim transformation director, who are due to be appointed soon. A spokesman stated that this move will save the council £25,000 annually.


Director of schools and education at Blackburn with Darwen Council steps down

Lisa Bibby, director of schools and education at Blackburn with Darwen Council, has resigned two years into the job. She will not be replaced immediately, but will be covered for by other senior staff.

Bibby believes that her resignation gives the council the opportunity to revamp its education leadership arrangement, in partnership with schools.

Council chief executive, Harry Catherall, said he appreciated Bibby’s contribution to the council, especially her leadership while spearheading a £200m plus investment into secondary schools.


NALC chief announces retirement

John Findlay, chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), has announced his retirement due this month. He has served in the post for 14 years and was awarded an OBE for services to local government in 2009.

NALC is set to appoint a new chief executive in spring 2014.


Northumberland County Council announces management restructuring

Northumberland County Council has appointed its corporate director of finance, Steve Mason, as its new lead executive director.

In addition, Daljit Lally has been appointed director of children’s services alongside her existing role in charge of adult services, and former Newcastle City Council chief executive, Barry Rowland, has been appointed executive director of local services.

These moves come as part of a review of senior management structure, which seeks to halve the number of senior management roles to generate £32m in savings for 2014/15.

The council has already seen the departure of its chief executive, Steve Stewart, as well as voluntary redundancies from its deputy chief executive, Kate Roe and corporate director of children’s services, Paul Moffat.


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