People on the move – May 2014

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Gwynedd Council: New chief executive appointed

Gwynedd Council has appointed Dilwyn Williams as its new chief executive. Williams will be taking over the responsibility after current chief executive, Harry Thomas, resigns in summer 2014.

Williams started his career in Gwynedd council in 1979 as a committee clerk for the former county council in Caernarfon, before moving on to work in Dwyfor District Council’s treasury department. In 1996, Williams was appointed head of accountancy at Gwynedd Council, after which took up the role of strategic director for resources and later a council corporate director.
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Solihull Council appoints former Salford boss as chief executive

Nick Page, Salford City Council’s former chief executive, has been appointed by Solihull Council as its new chief executive. Page is expected to take up his new position from 1st July 2014. Page, a former teacher, will be joining the borough from his current position as strategic director of children’s services and interim head of paid services in Manchester.

Page, who is pledging to deliver better services and more value for money for residents, began his career as a teacher in London, and also in the private sector working on educational projects, transformation of local communities and integrating services for children and families. In 2009, he was appointed deputy director for children’s services in Salford, promoted to acting director in 2010.
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Rochdale Council chief executive to take the reins at Salford

Salford Town Hall has appointed Rochdale council’s former chief executive, Jim Taylor as its new council director. Taylor replaces former chief executive Barbara Spicer who resigned in November 2013. The council director is a new position that replaces the chief executive position in the town hall.

At Salford, Taylor will be responsible for overseeing around £52m in cuts over the next two years. He will also be responsible for boosting partnerships while working with the public and private sector.
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Cornwall Council head of health and adult care steps down in surprise move

Judith Haycock, cabinet member for adult and social care at Cornwall council, has resigned from her post after spending a year at the helm. Mrs. Haycock, however, will still remain as Independent member for Helston South. She stated that the decision to leave the cabinet position was entirely hers and no pressure had been put upon her to stand down.

Cornwall Council announced that Jim McKenna, a Penzance councillor, was appointed as the new cabinet member for health and adult care.
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New acting chief executive for Banbridge council

Banbridge District Council appointed Pat Cumiskey as its new chief executive, following the departure of former chief executive Liam Hannaway.

Pat has spent over 25 years at Banbridge District Council and has played a key role in overseeing the financial planning and management of the council.

In his previous roles as the chief finance officer, director of finance and administration and director of corporate services, he was responsible for working closely with senior management and councillors to ensure that the council maintains a healthy financial position.

Pat is expected to remain in the post until 31st March, 2014, when Roger Wilson, currently working with Coleraine Council is expected to take over the reins as the chief executive of the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.
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Former Blyth Valley Borough Council boss lands new role

Geoff Paul has been appointed as the interim director of planning at Northumberland County Council. His appointment to the newly created role has sparked a debate on the creation of new senior management posts, following the council’s claim that they had  reduced them from six to three. However, council bosses insist that the new roles are not of a senior level.

In 2009, Paul was one of five former chief executives who lost their jobs when the county council was created. Paul had been reported to have received a six-figure payoff when his authority was scrapped during the reorganisation.
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Council leader Ken Meeson to stand down

Councillor Ken Meeson is stepping down from his posts as the leader of Solihull council and the leader of the local Conservative party. He has stated that the main reason for his resignation is to ensure a good relationship between his replacement and the new chief executive, Nick Page.

The Dorridge and Hockley Heath ward councillor has been involved with the borough for nearly 30 years, and has spending the last 11 years as leader of the Conservatives on Solihull Council and ten years as leader of the council.
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Former Trafford Council leader to become Lady in Waiting to the Queen

Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted Baroness Susan Williams to be a non-departmental member of the government. This promotion will enable the former Trafford Council chief executive to become the Baroness in Waiting, as well as a Lady in Waiting to the Queen.

With this new promotion, the Baroness will work within the whips office in the House of Lords and will assume the same constitutional position as departmental ministers. She will play an active role in promoting departmental policy in Communities and Local Government, as well as being involved with Home Office, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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Second director quits at Gloucester City Council

Peter Gillett, director of resources at Gloucester City Council is the second director to resign from his post. His resignation comes after he was offered a top job at Bristol City Council. Gillett was one of two directors who had taken on the role of sharing former chief executive Julian Wain’s job, after councillors agreed not to replace the chief executive.

Gillett is expected to be departing the city council in mid-July as he relocates to Bristol with his wife and children. Gillett’s relocation leaves Gloucester City Council without a returning officer after the May 22nd city and European elections. However, the council is expecting Martin Shields, director of neighbourhoods and services to step in and fill the gap.
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Waltham Forest Council appoints new COO

Waltham Council has appointed Althea Loderick as its new chief operating officer. Loderick, who was ranked 11th in the HR Most Influential practitioner list in 2013, has been promoted from the post of HR and transformation officer. Loderick will primarily be a part of the strategic management board and will be responsible for a range of council services, including those previously within the remit of the director of HR and transformation.

Loderick’s promotion comes after the local authority changed its operating model and created the new COO role so that it could help to sharpen the focus on service delivery and corporate functions.
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