People on the move – November 2014

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Rochdale Council to appoint new chief executive
Rochdale Council is planning to appoint Steve Rumbelow as its new chief executive. The councillors were asked to approve Rumbelow’s appointment on the recommendation of the Appointment Committee at a full council on 15th October, 2014. Rumbelow, who has over 30 years of local government experience, has been the chief executive at Burnley Borough Council since 2006.He has also worked as strategic director for Manchester City Council, with responsibility for housing strategy and regeneration. Cllr Richard Farnell, leader of the council, said: “It is a major coup for Rochdale to secure the appointment of Steve Rumbelow. He is one of the country’s most successful and dynamic chief executives. Rochdale’s priority is bringing new businesses and jobs to the borough and Steve is recognised as one of the most experienced regeneration experts in the region. He has led the transformation of Burnley, which was recently named Most Enterprising Place in the UK.”
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Stevenage borough chief executive to stand down
Stevenage Borough Council’s Chief Executive Nick Parry will stand down from his post after spending 26 years at the authority. Parry stated that he will resign from his post in 2015, as a part of the council’s downsizing plan. The council aims to appoint a successor by May 2015.Parry said: “As part of the Priority Based Budgeting process, councillors approved a proposal to reduce the size of the Board (SMB) from four directors to three on my retirement. In order to generate these savings it is proposed to recruit from within the existing Board, so there will be a formal appointment process ring fenced to the three existing directors.”
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Knowsley Council to appoint new chief executive Mike Harden
Knowsley Council appointed Mike Harden as its new chief executive at a salary lower than his predecessor. Harden will receive £160,000 per year for the role, which is £30,000 less than former Chief Executive Sheela Ramsey’s £192,000 per year post. Ramsey had stepped down her post earlier in the year, as part of a move to find £26m in savings.A statement in a council document stated that the current challenges would require the chief executive to be less of a ‘figurehead’ and instead to take a more ‘hands on’ approach. It also stated that Harden had ‘displayed all of the skills, abilities and experience’ that was necessary to fill the new role.
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Wychavon MD to be appointed as joint council chief executive
Jack Hegarty, managing director of Wychavon district council will be appointed as the joint chief executive of Wychavon and Malvern Hills councils. Hegarthy will take on the responsibilities of the post from 1st December, 2014. The decision to share the chief executive and the management team was approved by the councils in June 2014.This move comes after both the councils had agreed to enter into a joint management team scheme to save costs. Both the councils had also received £400,000 from the government’s Transformation Challenge Award scheme to help fund the scheme. The councils are expecting to receive savings worth £60,000 per year for each council, totalling £300,000 for each council over a five-year period.
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Harrow Council to rehire former chief Michael Lockwood
Harrow Council is looking to re-hire former Chief Executive Michael Lockwood. The council’s Labour administration has recommended Lockwood’s appointment to the full council meeting that will be held on 13th November 2014.In 2013, Lockwood had to leave from his post as the Conservative administration had agreed to remove the chief executive’s post from the council, in a bid to make cost savings. However, after the Labour gained control over the council in May 2014, the party was looking at reinstating the role. The Labour administration preferred Lockwood as the council chief as he had vast experience in the inner workings of the authority, and led it to winning the ‘Best Achieving Council of the Year’ in 2011/12 in spite of cuts in funding from central government.
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Dudley Council appoints new chief executive
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has appointed Sarah Norman as its new chief executive. Norman, who is currently the strategic director for community at Wolverhampton City Council, will take up the responsibility of the post in 2015. Norman has over 30 years of experience in public sector and will replace John Polychronakis who is retiring from the authority after almost 40 years in local government.Norman will join the council amidst plans to create the leanest management structure in the country by cutting the number of senior management positions from 22 to 11 to produce savings of £1million. Her key role in the council will be to build on the proposals to create a combined authority in the West Midlands to bring in more money and powers from central government.
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Wirral council chief executive Burgess announces retirement
Graham Burgess, Wirral Council’s chief executive, has announced his retirement two and a half years after taking over the authority. Burgess will serve a three month notice period indicating that he will officially step down from his post on 31st December, 2014.With regards to his retirement, Burgess said: “When I took up the post, I said that first and foremost, my role was to help shape the transformation of Wirral. Wirral is now a very different place when I arrived and I feel that now is the right time to hand over to let the next phase of this work begin.”
Prior to Wirral Council, Burgess was the chief executive at Blackburn with Darwen Council. He had also spent time on the Local Government Association Improvement Board appointed to help Wirral Council overcome its problems.Read More >>

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Hammersmith appoints ‘exclusive’ chief
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has appointed Nigel Pallace as its interim chief executive following a recommendation in a review of the “Tri-Borough” arrangements. Pallace will also be the managing executive director of transport and technical services alongside his new role. Pallace’s appointment indicates that Kensington & Chelsea RBC’s Chief Executive Nicholas Holgate will no longer share the role. However, Charlie Parker will still remain as the chief executive of Westminster City Council.With regards to Pallace’s appointment Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham said: “This brings about an immediate saving but also recognises the importance to each borough in having their own ‘champion’ directly accountable to elected representatives.”
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Rotherham appoints new children’s director
Rotherham Council has appointed Ian Thomas as its new children’s director. Thomas, who is currently the strategic director of children’s services at Derbyshire County Council, is expected to start the role in January 2015. The council also stated that Thomas had been appointed on an interim basis, ‘given the urgent nature of the appointment’.Rotherham council leader, Paul Lakin commented: “Ian’s appointment is great news for the council, and great news for children and families in Rotherham. His track record speaks for itself, and we’re delighted that Rotherham will benefit from Ian’s substantial experience and expertise.”Read More >>

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