People on the move – September 2014

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Aberdeenshire Council chief to retire

Colin Mackenzie, Aberdeenshire Council’s chief executive announced that he will retire from his post in September 2014. Mackenzie is expected to remain as the chief executive until a replacement has been appointed to the post. The recruitment process for a new chief executive will begin immediately.

Of his retirement plans, Mackenzie said, “I believe that now is the right time for someone else to lead and shape the council as it moves into the challenging phase of continuing to deliver excellent local services within an era of significant financial constraint.”

Mackenzie was appointed as the chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council in 2008 from his former role as director of housing and social work.

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Lambeth Council chief Derrick Anderson to step down

Lambeth Council announced that its Chief Executive Derrick Anderson will resign at the end of 2014, after spending nine years in the role. As per a council spokesperson, Anderson’s move was primarily due to financial pressures on the council.

Since joining the council in 2006, Anderson has been credited with helping to turn Lambeth Council into a progressive local authority. Anderson was also selected as Guardian Public Leader of the Year in 2012.

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David Martin to lead Dundee City Council from December

Dundee City Council announced that it has appointed David Martin as its new chief executive. Martin is expected to take over from former chief David Dorward after he retires from the post in December 2014.

Ken Guild, leader of the council, who had chaired the appointment subcommittee said, “This is a particularly exciting time for Dundee and its people and I am confident that David Martin will be a capable and enthusiastic chief executive of the council who will help to guide us through increased demand for our services within tight budgets.”

Prior to Dundee City Council, Martin was the chief executive of Renfrewshire Council since 2006 and has previously held senior posts at Fife and Stirling councils.

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Birmingham City Council appoints new children’s services director

Birmingham City Council appointed Bernadette McNally OBE as its new executive director of children’s services. McNally is expected to commence her role from November 2014. At Birmingham, she will primarily be responsible for overseeing a substantial change programme, as agreed by Lord Warner.

McNally, who is currently the executive director of social services at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, has been charged with turning around children’s social care in Birmingham, which has received an inadequate rating since 2009. Mark Rogers, Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council said, “Bernadette is an excellent appointment for the city’s children and young people. She has been at the forefront of successful change in Belfast and is an experienced strategic planner and innovative thinker.”

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Gail Rebuck appointed to the House of Lords

Dame Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House UK, has been appointed to the House of Lords.

Dame Rebuck also sits on Penguin Random House’s Global Board of Representatives and is a member of majority owner Bertelsmann’s General Management Committee.

On the news of her appointment, Dame Rebuck said, “I feel very privileged to be joining the House of Lords as I have always seen politics and Parliament as vital forces shaping our national and global lives. I hope to make a contribution to debates and legislation based on over 30 years at the heart of the book publishing business. I have campaigned for literacy and literature, the arts, culture and education and I have focussed on women’s empowerment in the workforce increasing diversity at the top of companies.”

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Rugby Borough Council leader to quit

Craig Humphrey, Rugby Borough Council’s leader, announced that he will resign from his post at the council. Humphrey’s move comes after he was appointed the managing director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Clearing House, an offshoot of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) that will help businesses expand through advice, support and finance.

Prior to his appointment, Humphrey was a part of the LEP team that helped to win a City Deal from government in December 2013, which gave councils new powers to stimulate the local economy and enabled the formation of the Clearing House. Humphrey said:

“The unparalleled success Rugby has had over the last four years has gained wider recognition, and some of the talents that I’ve had at my disposal – in having a lean and efficient organisation that’s been able to attract inward investment – was one of the motivations for trying my hand at this role, because that’s exactly what this role entails. It’s about encouraging inward investment into a wider sub-region that benefits the whole economy. They are transferable skills from running a local authority to running a private limited company.”

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Cabinet Office’s chief operating officer announces departure

The Cabinet Office announced that Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Kelly will resign from his post and will return to the private sector. Kelly is expected to join business software firm, Sage Group, as group chief executive in November 2014. Kelly joined the Cabinet Office in 2011 from a computer firm, Micro Focus, and was primarily responsible for the Efficiency and Reform Group.

During his tenure at Whitehall, Kelly was credited for starting new commercial models programmes and changing the current Civil Service operations to stimulate growth and reduce deficit. Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister stated that Kelly had been “a terrific leader of the government’s efficiency and reform programme which for last year alone saved taxpayers £14.3bn against a 2009/10 baseline”.

On his resignation, Kelly said, “‘After immense consideration, I have decided to return to the private sector. I have always been passionate about supporting SMEs, and this role is an excellent opportunity for me to play a crucial role in creating jobs and growth.”

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Glasgow City Council chief executive George Black retires

Glasgow City Council’s chief executive, George Black announced that he will retire by the end of 2014, after spending 11 years at the helm. Black was associated with the council for over 20 years, even before the current local government structure had taken effect.

During his tenure, Black was responsible for Commonwealth Games, as well as dealing with the impact of tight council funding. Prior to moving to Glasgow City Council, Black worked as a qualified accountant, with the Hydro Electric Board and several other councils.

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British Council appoints new chief executive

British Council appointed Ciaran Devane as its new chief executive. Devane will replace current chief executive, Sir Martin Davidson and will take responsibility of the role from January 2015. At British Council, Devane will be responsible for leading the executive board and will also be accountable to its board of trustees, which is chaired by Sir Vernon Ellis.

Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary, who had approved the appointment said, “The British Council does great work promoting British language, education and culture around the world. Ciarán has the experience to help the British Council do even more for Britain and I look forward to working with him as he takes on his new role.”

Devane is currently the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support. He also chairs he Care.Data Advisory Group and is a non-executive director of NHS England.

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