People on the move – January 2015

New chief executive appointed at Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council has appointed Major-General John Henderson as its new chief executive. Henderson, who brings over 30 years of leadership experience to the role, is expected to begin his role in May 2015.

Prior to Staffordshire, Henderson has been leading the British Army in Germany, overseeing the task of closing British bases in Germany and moving troops back to the UK. This included the Signals regiments that will be coming to MoD Stafford. Henderson joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1982, and his military experience includes commanding the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan.

Cllr Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council said, “In John Henderson, we have found that leader, someone who understands and shares our ambitions for Staffordshire and its people.

“John will be responsible for over a billion pounds of annual expenditure focussed on benefiting the lives of more than 850,000 residents, and brings an extensive track record of financial innovation, commercial acumen and strong leadership. In particular John has the right leadership quality, skills and experience we need to work closely with our partners to share resources and ideas to benefit everyone in Staffordshire.”


Boston Borough Council appoints new acting chief

Boston Borough Council has appointed Phil Drury as its new acting chief executive. Prior to this role, Drury held the post of strategic director and deputy chief executive at the council. Drury was recommended to the role by the council’s chief officer employment panel.

Peter Bedford, Boston Borough Council’s leader, added that Drury would initially hold the posting for 12 months pending a permanent appointment to the position. He also stated that the council will start looking at options for a permanent shared or part-time chief executive.


Thanet chief executive resigns following six-month absence

Thanet council’s chief executive, Dr. Sue McGonigal, has resigned from her post following six months’ absence. Citing ill health as her reason for absence from the council, Dr. McGonigal will not serve a notice period at the council.

Dr. McGonigal has been absent from her post since June 2014, after Thanet Council launched an investigation into a complaint that Dr. McGonigal had influenced a planning decision in her capacity as a member of the management board of East Kent Opportunities. The complaint against Dr. McGonigal, however, was dismissed as unfounded following an independent investigation by designated independent person, Mark Lowe QC, in October 2014.


Nottinghamshire Council appoints Anthony May as new chief executive

Nottinghamshire Council has appointed Anthony May as its new chief executive. His appointment is subjected to the council’s approval at a full council meeting to be held in January 2015. The council’s decision to appoint May follows current Chief Executive Mick Burrows’ announcement that he will resign in 2015.

May currently holds the post of corporate director for children, families and cultural services and deputy chief executive at Nottinghamshire County Council. On his appointment, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Alan Rhodes, said, “Anthony impressed all the members of the interview panel with his incisive grasp of the strategic issues we’re facing. It was a unanimous decision by the panel.” Current Chief Executive Mick Burrows retires next summer.”


Helen Lockwood resigns from Rossendale Council

Rossendale chief executive, Helen Lockwood, has announced that she will resign in January 2015. Lockwood, who held the post from May 2009, will join Oldham council as an executive director of co-operatives and neighbourhoods. Lockwood joined the council in July 2015 as the head of customer services and e-government.

She went on to become the deputy chief executive in June 2006. On her resignation, Cllr Alyson Barnes, Rossendale Council Labour Leader, said that Lockwood had been a successful chief executive and had played a key role in boosting the local authority.



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