People on the Move – May 2015

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Carmarthenshire Council’s first female director quits

Carmarthenshire Council’s first female director, Christina Harrhy, has resigned after spending six months in the post. Harrhy, who was appointed to the post of director of environment in January 2015, has accepted the role of director of environment and education at Caerphilly Council.

Harrhy joined Carmarthenshire Council from Torfaen County Borough, where she held the post of chief officer for neighbourhood services. Harrhy has more than 20 years of experience in local government. She is a chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Harrhy was also the winner of the Leading Wales Awards in 2011.

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Ashfield District Council unveils its new chief executive

Ashfield District Council has appointed Robert Mitchell as its new chief executive. Mitchell, who is a father of two and an avid footballer, will take responsibility of the post after current chief executive Phil Marshall retires on 1st June 2015.

On his appointment, Robert said: “There are significant opportunities for economic growth and regeneration in Ashfield, and I will focus on delivering these. But I am also passionate about public services and committed to reducing inequalities. These are challenging times for all local authorities in very tough financial times. But my experience in the public and private sector will help to ensure that Ashfield Council can meet the challenges it faces.”

Robert will be joining Ashfield District Council from Tamworth Borough Council where he had a successful track record of modernising and integrating services, and delivering economic and social improvements.

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Anglesey Council appoints new chief executive

Anglesey Council has appointed Dr Gwynne Jones as its new chief executive. Dr. Jones, who is currently the director of lifelong learning at the council, will replace the council’s outgoing chief, Richard Parry Jones, when he retires in May 2015.

As the chief executive of the council, Dr. Jones will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, guidance and professional advice on strategic and operational issues. Prior to Anglesey Council, he was the chief executive of Cynnal, the curriculum and ICT support agency which works in Anglesey, Gwynedd and parts of Conwy.

After his appointment by the full council, he said, “Anglesey continues to face major challenges, not least in terms of the on-going transformation of the way we deliver services in face of significant cuts to the public sector budget. However, the Authority, through its staff and elected members, will continue to work hard to improve the lives of residents and I look forward to using my skills and experience to support their efforts. I’m firmly committed to the County Council and Anglesey and will continue to serve both to the best of my ability, in my new role as chief executive.”

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Newbury Town Council appoints Hugh Peacocke as new chief

Newbury Town Council has appointed Hugh Peacocke to fill the position of chief executive. The position has been vacant since October 2014 when then CEO, Graham Hunt, resigned. Peacocke is expected to join the council on 6th July, 2015.

Following Peacocke’s appointment, Julian Swift-Hook, council leader said, “Hugh is very experienced in local government in a number of different capacities. We are looking forward to him joining Newbury Town Council and have every confidence that he can make a significant contribution going forward.”

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Bradford Council selects Kersten England as preferred candidate for chief exec role

Bradford City Council has selected York Council’s chief executive Kersten England as its new chief executive. England’s appointment will be ratified by the council at a full council meeting that is slated for 19th May 2015.

England, who has been the chief executive of York Council since 2009, previously worked for Bradford Council as director of policy and performance. Council Leader David Green, who was also chairman of the recruitment panel said, “The chief executive at Bradford Council is one of the biggest officer jobs in local government. We are the fourth largest single tier authority in the country, employ around 20,000 people and currently have a net budget of £401 million.”

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Derby City Council director Roger Kershaw dismissed

Derby City Council has dismissed its Strategic Director For Resources Roger Kershaw for undisclosed reasons. While the council had taken this decision in 2014, it was only revealed in April 2015 after an email was leaked to BBC Derby. The council refused to clarify why Kershaw faces disciplinary action, but has stated that Kershaw had appealed against it.

Ranjit Banwait, Labour council leader, stated, “The strategic director for resources has been suspended and, following the IDC meeting on March 28, 2015, has now been summarily dismissed.”

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