People on the move – August 2014

Caerphilly Council appoints Chris Burns as interim chief

Caerphilly Council announced that it has appointed assistant chief executive, Chris Burns as the new interim chief executive for the first 12 months. Burns’ appointment follows former chief executive Stuart Rosser’s decision to resign from his post at the council.

Rosser was appointed to the post on 23rd July 2013 with an initial six month contract in light of criminal proceedings against top council officers. In January, the contract was extended for a further six months.

During his resignation, Rosser stated that he was prepared to bridge the gap between the appointment of the successful candidate and their ability to begin their job at the council, a move approved by the members of the council and meaning that Rosser will remain in his role until Burns takes responsibility of the role.


Greenwich Council’s chief Mary Ney to retire

Mary Ney, Greenwich council’s chief executive announced that she will retire from her post in autumn 2014.

Ney’s forthcoming departure was announced through papers presented by the council’s general purposes committee. Her announcement follows long-time council leader and close ally Councillor Chris Roberts resignation from his post.

Greenwich Council spokesperson reassured local news outlets: “This is old news. The chief executive advised the council in May of her intention to retire sometime this year.”


Bradford Council’s chief executive to step down

Bradford Council announced that chief executive Tony Reeves has resigned after spending eight years in the role.

Reeves is expected to take up the role of a partner in professional services network Deloitte’s public sector advisory practice from January 2015. Reeves stated he would continue to work hard during his six month notice period and after his exit, the council and its partners would make sure the district’s regeneration continues at pace.

Announcing his resignation, Reeves said: “Working for Bradford Council isn’t about individual people however, it’s about this great and very special place and all the people who live and work here. The hard work and increasing confidence of businesses, local people and organisations in Bradford is shaping a shared, bright future, making our city and district a better place for everyone – now and for generations to come.”

Councillor David Green, Bradford Council leader stated that Reeves’ legacy to Bradford was plain to see. He added: “When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education – some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see.”


Highland Council appoints new corporate communications manager

Highland Council announced that it has appointed Ruth Cleland as the new corporate communications manager. Cleland is currently the strategic engagement manager with Highlands and Islands and is expected to take up the new role on 11th August, 2014. She will take over from Gordon Fyfe, PR manager with The Highland Council, who retired at the end of May 2014.

Cleland, who is married with a son and three daughters, lives in Nairn. She was educated at Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor Northern Ireland, and then went to Swansea University where she gained a Bachelor’s Degree BA (Hons) in English Literature. She started working in England prior to moving to the Highlands in 1989. On her new appointment, Cleland said, “I have enjoyed working with The Highland Council as partners over the past few years and I am delighted to have now been appointed to this role.”

Steve Barron, Chief Executive, Highland Council said: “I’m pleased to announce that Ruth has been appointed and I look forward to working with her. She brings a wealth of experience and an excellent track record to this key post.”


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