People on the Move – July 2014

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Dudley chief exec retires after 40 years in local government

John Polychronakis, Dudley council’s chief executive announced that he will retire from his post as soon as a successor has been chosen. Polychronakis has held the top job at the authority for five and a half years and has spent over four decades in local government. His decision comes ahead of corporate restructuring as the council attempts to save £30m over the next three years.

Councillor David Sparks, leader of Dudley Council, said, “Not only has he carried out his duties as chief executive with great dedication, he has been a tremendous servant to Dudley Council for the last 27 years and to local government for nearly 40 years. On behalf of everyone at Dudley Council I wish John all the best in his retirement.”

Prior to the chief executive post, Polychronakis held the post of director of law and property. He began his council career as a clerk at Liverpool City Council in 1975 and moved to a senior role at Dudley 1987.
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Cork City Council looks to appoint Ann Doherty as new city boss

Cork City Council announced that it is considering Ann Doherty as the Council’s new city manager. Doherty’s appointment, who was recommended by the Public Appointments Commission, is expected to be confirmed at a meeting of Cork City Council in July. If confirmed, Doherty will be the council’s first ever female city manager.

Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy was one of the first to congratulate Doherty on the job. She said, “I spoke to her on the phone and wished her well. If I could give her any words of advice it would be just to say that the people of Cork will always pull together. It’s a challenging time for the city but also a very exciting time. We have an imminent decision on the location of the new event centre for the city and the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.”

Doherty currently holds the post of chief executive of the University of Limerick Hospital Groups. After her appointment, she will be responsible for guiding the city council through the post-recession period, where a lack of funding and resources remains a key concern. She has built her career working in the health services of Ireland and the UK and has overseen major changes in the Limerick health service, including the centralisation of all acute medical services at University Hospital Limerick.
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New Mayor Fida Hussain takes chain of office in Oldham

Councillor Fida Hussain was confirmed as the Mayor of Oldham at the annual mayor-making ceremony, which was held at Oldham Civic Centre. He will be taking over the responsibilities from Councillor John Hudson, who expressed the importance of not letting politics get in the way of the interests of the borough.

Councillor Hussain’s unanimous confirmation came after Labour councillor Shaob Akhtar moved the nomination for the councillor’s appointment, seconded by Lib- Dem councillor and opposition leader Howard Sykes. Conservative councillor Graham Sheldon had also shown his support.
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Managing director resigns from Brentwood Borough Council

Alison Crowe, managing director of Brentwood Borough Council will step down from her post on 6th July, 2014, after holding the post for over four years. Crowe’s decision comes ahead of the council’s restructuring plans, which includes the scrapping of the managing director post and the creation of a chief executive role in its place.

Brentwood Borough Council’s director of strategy and corporate services said, “Alison joined us in November 2009 as the executive director for customer services before taking up the role of managing director in October 2010…Alison has overseen a number of changes within the organisation and she has asked me to pass on her thanks and appreciation for all those who worked so hard to deliver the changes and continued to provide great services to Brentwood’s residents and businesses.”

In the interim, Brentwood council has appointed Jo-Anne Ireland to the position of head of paid service, pending the recruitment of a chief executive.
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Nathan Elvery confirmed as Croydon council’s chief executive

Croydon Council has appointed Nathan Elvery as the chief executive, after he spent 16 months as the interim chief. Elvery will be confirmed on a permanent basis, subject to approval by full council at its next meeting on 15th July, 2014.

Elvery, who held the interim post from February 2013, was influential in delivering major opportunities for Croydon, including approval for the £1bn regeneration of the town centre, securing the largest funding allocation for school building in the country and leading the Gold Command in helping to avert a flooding crisis in the borough earlier in the year. He joined the council as director of finance in 2004. After that, he became the executive director of resources and customer services in 2008, and was also appointed deputy chief executive in the same year.

Elvery has extensive local government experience and has held previous roles with Westminster City Council, the Greater London Authority and district government.
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Caerphilly council’s temporary chief executive resigns

Caerphilly council announced that its interim chief executive, Stuart Rosser, will resign when his contract expires on 23 July, 2014. Rosser informed a full council that he would not be able to continue as the interim chief executive as he had taken on the role on a short term basis.

Rosser is considered to be popular among most council members and officials, as he has brought stability to the authority after recent controversy.

Caerphilly council had appointed Rosser in July 2013 with an initial six-month contract in light of criminal proceedings against top council officers. It renewed the contract for another six months in January 2014.
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Staffordshire County Council chief executive to step down

Staffordshire County Council announced that chief executive Nick Bell has resigned from his post. Bell will remain in the post until autumn 2014, after which he will join education, employment and training experts Prospects Group. Bell has held the post of chief executive for four years.

Council leader Philip Atkins said, “Nick has agreed to stay with us until October and it will be business as usual, with our chief executive driving a significant programme of work.”
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Director of services Mark Turley resigns from Edinburgh City Council

Edinburgh City Council has suspended its director of services for communities, Mark Turley, with full pay over  the recent scandal in which Mortonhall Crematorium, governed by his department, was condemned for burying baby ashes in secret. Turley had said he wanted to act in an “honourable” way by accepting overall responsibility for what went wrong.

Council chief executive Sue Bruce confirmed that the investigation into Turley’s conduct over Mortonhall had been scrapped. She said, “Mark has made a significant contribution to this council and to the city over the past 20 years, in particular in relation to the provision of housing. I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that Mark was placed under precautionary suspension to allow an investigation to take place. This is standard practice in such circumstances. In light of Mark’s decision, that investigation will not now proceed
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Bristol LEP chief executive Paul Wilson quits

Paul Wilson, chief executive of Bristol Local Enterprise Partnership has resigned from his post without providing any reasons for his resignation. Wilson’s resignation comes weeks before a major funding announcement from Government is expected. Barbara Davies is expected to take responsibility of the post in the interim.

In his post, Wilson was responsible for pulling together businesses and the areas’ four local councils: Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath, and North East Somerset. The partnership had recently bid for up to £90m a year of public money to invest in projects across the region, competing against organisations from across the country.
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