People on the Move – June 2015

Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils appoints new chief exec

Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils have appointed Bob Smith as their new joint chief executive. Smith, who was the joint director of services since 2012, will take over the responsibilities from retiring chief executive, Alan Goodrum.

Accepting his appointment, Smith said, “I am looking forward to building on the excellent working relationships between members and officers. I want to ensure we complete the joining up of services across both councils whilst at the same time continuing to ensure we provide excellence and value for money.”


Edinburgh Council selects Andrew Kerr as new chief executive

Edinburgh Council has chosen Andrew Kerr as the preferred candidate for the chief executive role. Kerr is expected to replace outgoing chief executive Sue Bruce later in 2015. The council stated that the decision will be ratified at a meeting in ten days.

Kerr, who once represented Great Britain as a 400 metres runner, began his career with the district council in his home town of Falkirk. His 32-year public sector career includes three years at Birmingham City Council, where he led the national award-winning Birmingham BEST organisational development programme.

On Kerr’s appointment, Andrew Burns, council leader, City of Edinburgh said, “Andrew brings a wealth of local government experience and enthusiasm at a time when we face many unprecedented challenges and opportunities. I am confident that his energy and drive will play a central role in shaping the continued success of Edinburgh as a 21st century capital city.”


Hampshire County Council’s chief executive to stand down

Hampshire County Council has announced that its chief executive, Andrew Smith, is planning to step down from his post later in 2015. Smith was appointed in 2007 after a nationwide search for a candidate to lead one of the UK’s biggest county councils. His appointment coincided with the beginning of the economic downturn.

During his tenure, Smith was credited for the significant transformation of the council. He also served as the advisor to the Local Government Association and Central Government on property, procurement, efficiency and capital expenditure. In 2006, he was awarded an OBE for his services to local government.

With regards to his decision to resign, Smith said, “The challenges faced in public services, between now and end of the decade, make it a good time for the County Council to look to the future and the opportunities that will be there towards the end of the decade and beyond. It is for this reason that I have chosen to announce my departure at this time – with the benefit of knowing that Hampshire remains one of the best performing councils in the country.”


North Lanarkshire Council chief to retire

Gavin Whitefield, chief executive, North Lanarkshire Council is planning to retire in October 2015 after spending 15 years in the post. Appointed in 2000, Whitefield is one of the longest serving chief executives in Scotland. He joined the council as director of housing when North Lanarkshire Council was formed in 1996.

Whitefield, speaking about his decision to retire said, “Since my appointment I have worked as hard as I can to develop the organisation to be one which is forward thinking and constantly committed to providing the highest quality of service. The last two years have been particularly demanding and, having resolved a number of major issues over that period, the time is now right to pass responsibility to my successor to take the Council forward.”


Cllr Kevin Madge resigns as Carmarthenshire council leader

Carmarthenshire Council Leader Kevin Madge has resigned from his post. His move comes after he lost a secret ballot to remain leader of the Labour Group at County Hall. He is expected to be succeeded by Jeff Edmunds as leader of the council’s Labour group, which rules in coalition with independent councillors.

In a statement, Cllr Madge said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as leader for the past three years, and I am proud of the achievements of this administration.”


New leader elected to Maidstone Borough Council

Maidstone Borough Council has elected Cllr Fran Wilson as its new council leader. Cllr Wilson was elected at the council’s Annual Meeting that was held on 23rd May 2015. During the meeting, the council had also reviewed its decision making structures.

According to the new structure, the leader and cabinet system of decision making has been replaced with a new committee system of governance. In the new structure, the leader of the council will also be the chairman of policy and resources committee.

Speaking about her appointment, Cllr Wilson said, “The role of leader will be different this year in the new committee system. It was introduced to involve all councillors in decision making. I will be looking to make sure that we all work together to get the best results for the people of our borough.”


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