People on the move – June 2014

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Stewart Carruth named Stirling council chief executive

Stirling Council has appointed Stewart Carruth as its new chief executive after a rigorous recruitment process. Carruth, who currently serves as the deputy chief executive, is expected to take responsibility of the post after Bob Jack retires in the summer.Carruth, a former Aberdeen City Council worker, stated that he was looking forward to taking on any challenges and opportunities ahead for the local authority.
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Somerset County Council appoints Pats Flaherty as new CEO

Pat Flaherty was confirmed to the post of chief executive of Somerset County Council following a unanimous vote. Flaherty succeeds Sheila Wheeler, who had left her post by mutual agreement in February 2014.Flaherty is primarily known as the man who successfully led Somerset County Council through the flood crisis via a balanced budget, despite tight financial constraints.Prior to his new post, Flaherty held the post of acting chief executive at the council. He has many years of experience in a wide range of roles within the authority.
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Chair of Derbyshire County Council steps down

Cllr Dave Wilcox has resigned from his post as the Chair of Derbyshire County Council, a role he has held since May 2013. Cllr Wilcox, however, has stated that he will still remain the councillor for Hadfield, Tintwistle and Gamesley, of which he has been the county councillor for the past 30 years.

Cllr Wilcox has also announced that he will step down from the Chair of the Board of the Local Government Think Tank LGIU, which he has led for the last ten years, and is also resigning from his position as a vice chairman of the County Councils Network.
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Linda Fisher appointed acting chief executive of Rochdale

Rochdale Borough Council has appointed Linda Fisher as the new acting chief executive. Fisher is expected to take responsibility for her post from 1st June, 2014 and will lead the organisation until a recruitment process is undertaken to appoint a permanent chief executive. Fisher’s appointment follows the departure of Jim Taylor, who is leaving to take up a new role in Salford.

Prior to the new post, Fisher held the post of deputy chief executive where she was responsible for the HR, Legal, ICT, Coroners and Registrars, Community Safety, Libraries and Customer Services at the council. She has over 20 years of local government experience, including working for councils in Stockport and Shropshire. She has held the role of chief legal officer in other councils and was previously the executive director over Planning and Regulatory Services at Rossendale Borough Council.
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Aberdeen City Council appoints new chief executive

Angela Scott was appointed as the new chief executive of Aberdeen City Council. She is expected to take responsibility of the role from 1st July, 2014. Scott had previously held the post of the city council’s director of corporate governance.

Cllr Barney Crockett, Aberdeen City Council’s leader, has stated that Scott, who had joined the council last year, has experience in managing big budgets and complex organisations. He added that her appointment is expected to help the council as it continues the task of renewing the city and setting it on a firm course for the decades ahead

Before joining the city council in 2013, Scott was head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, having risen through the ranks since joining CIPFA in 1999. She was also a non-executive director with NHS Tayside from 2008 to 2013, holding the position of vice-chair of the board as well as chairing a number of board committees.
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Veteran Wrexham councillor steps down from executive

Cllr Bob Dutton, a veteran Wrexham councillor, has resigned from his position on the executive board as lead member for environment. He has been a part of the local authority since 1959. Cllr Dutton, however, has stated that he will still remain as a councillor for the council.

In his resignation, Cllr Dutton stated that he had “particularly enjoyed” his time as portfolio holder for the environment. Cllr Dutton had held the post of chief executive of Wrexham Maelor Borough Council from 1988 to 1995.
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Dundee City Council chief David Dorward to retire

David Dorward, chief executive of Dundee City Council is set to retire in November 2014. Dorward, who has over 43 years of local authority experience, will have served as the council’s head official for just over five years when he retires in November.

Prior to becoming the chief executive, Dorward was deputy director of finance at Tayside Region and director of finance at Dundee City Council. Dorward had spent four years with Perth & Kinross Joint County Council before he moved to Tayside Regional Council following local government reorganisation in 1975. He was appointed the director of finance for Dundee City Council in 1995 and he has also served on a wide variety of working groups for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Audit Scotland.
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council chief executive steps down from post

Jane Ratcliffe, the chief executive of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, has stepped down from her post. Appointed on January 2013 after serving as deputy chief executive officer since 2006, Ratcliffe has not been able to work full time since late November 2013, and is now unable to return to the post.

Cllr Trevor Wainwright and shadow leader Cllr Graham Plan said in a joint statement that Jane’s skills, experience, drive and constant strategic oversight had proved central to some of the biggest projects and achievements in the borough in the last 15 months.

During her tenure at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Ratcliffe oversaw the £3.8m refurbishment of St George’s Theatre, including the construction of the new Pavilion building and Plaza, and had championed the emerging heritage strategy to promote heritage tourism in the borough. She had also helped to secure £4.7m from the Department for Transport to enable work to start soon on the A12/A143 link road through Beacon Park.
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Nichola Mallon elected Belfast Lord Mayor

Belfast City Council appointed SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon as the council’s new Lord Mayor. The council has also appointed Alliance councillor Maire Hendron as its new deputy Lord Mayor.

Mallon has been a councillor since she was co-opted in 2010 and was re-elected in June 2014 for the Oldpark area of north Belfast. Prior to Belfast, she held the post of special advisor to SDLP Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan.
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Oldham council appoints first female chief executive

Oldham Council will get its first female chief executive with the appointment of Carolyn Wilkins. Wilkins has held the post of acting chief executive since Charlie Parker left the post to lead Westminster City Council in January 2014.

Jim McMahon, Council Leader, stated that Carolyn “has enjoyed the full confidence of members and officers during that period which has seen key work done on preparing the next budget and continuing our improvement journey.”

He continued: “Carolyn’s priorities will be to drive our ambitious regeneration programme forward but also to help us ensure we get those basic services right, like clean streets and pothole repairs, and changing our relationship with communities so that we all work better and closer together.”

Prior to Oldham council, Wilkins had held the post of chief executive at Rossendale District Council for two and a half years. Since 2009, Wilkins held the post of deputy chief executive with a portfolio that included human resources, policy, communications and early intervention and families. Wilkins had also played a leading role within the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities’ contribution to the government’s troubled families programme and public sector reform.

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Worcestershire chief executive starts top job

Clare Marchant, Worcestershire County Council’s new chief executive, started her new role on 2nd June, having been officially appointed in February 2014. In joining her new role, Marchant stated that she entering the role with her “eyes wide open” and had already outlined a new vision for the council, which would see employees being sent into private firms to find out about profit and loss in an attempt to make the council think more commercially.

Prior to the chief executive, Marchant worked as the assistant chief executive and prepared to take over control by working closely with the outgoing chief executive, Trish Haines. Marchant was a group programme director with the NHS, and had also worked as a production manager at Rank Hovis, where she spent six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise, before joining the council in 2010.
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Jagdish Sharma Retires As Leader Of Hounslow Council

Houslow Council’s outgoing leader of the council, Jagdish Sharma, has retired from his post. He will still serve as a local councillor in the borough. Cllr Sachin Gupta, Mayor of Hounslow stated that Cllr Sharma had become the Mayor of Hounslow in 1979 and was also the UK’s first Asian mayor.

Cllr Gupta added that one of the high points in Cllr Sharma’s career was when he was awarded the MBE for services to local government in 1995. In addition, in 2000 he  was given the Freedom of the Borough to mark his 25 years of service.

After Cllr Sharma’s retirement, a new cabinet, leader and deputy leader for Hounslow Council will be ratified at the full council public meeting on 10th June, 2014
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Northampton Borough Council Labour group appoints new leader

Les Marriott was chosen as the new leader of Northampton Borough Council Labour Group. Cllr Marriott, who is currently the mayor of the council, is slated to take over the role from Cllr Terry Wire.

Cllr Marriott, who has served the borough for over 15 years, stated that he was pleased to become Leader of the Labour Group and looks forward to working with Labour colleagues in the build up to the election in 2016. He also stated the Labour group will offer a future direction for the council and ensure the town listens to the priorities of the residents, as well as looking at securing more high quality jobs in the borough.
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Devon County Council appoints new chairman

Devon County Council has chosen Cllr George Gribble as its new chairman of the council for next year.Cllr Gribble is local member representing Bovey Tracey Rural. He has been appointed as the Mayor of Bovey Tracey seven times and also sits on Teignbridge District Council and Bovey Tracey Town Council, where he has been since 1973.

Cllr Gribble’s other appointments include Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority; Dartmoor National Park Authority; and Devon Association of Local Councils.
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