People on the Move – August 2015

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Cambridgeshire County Council chief exec Mark Lloyd resigns for LGA job
Cambridgeshire County Council Chief Executive Mark Lloyd is stepping down from his role at Shire Hall to take over at the Local Government Association (LGA). He leaves the county council after seven years at the helm and will take over at the LGA from Carolyn Downs.Lloyd has been chief executive of Cambridgeshire since 2008, where he helped oversee the county’s £500m City Deal and has led the development and implementation of the LGSS shared services initiative. Prior to this, he was chief executive of Durham County Council.

Lloyd is a trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, a board member at Anglia Ruskin University and was a member of the independent service transformation panel.

LGA Chairman Cllr Gary Porter said Mark’s local government expertise, skills and knowledge developed in previous high profile roles in the East of England, the North East and the North West will be invaluable in continuing to work with local authorities across the country and with national government to ensure the LGA’s strong united voice helps members continue to meet their challenges.
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Boston Borough Council agree to new acting chief executive
Boston Borough Council’s Acting Chief Executive Phil Drury was accepted into the role of chief executive amalgamating it with his existing role of strategic director. Drury was appointed the acting chief executive since Richard Harbord’s resignation in September 2014.The council’s chief officers employment panel recommended the appointment.

Council Leader Peter Bedford said that Drury had filled the role effectively so-far. He also added that ‘it was important that the borough had leadership of high quality’. Cllr Paul Gleeson also supported the move, which was passed by a majority vote.
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Bolsover and North East Derbyshire councils confirm pending new chief exec appointment
Bolsover and North East Derbyshire district councils have appointed Daniel Swaine as the new joint chief executive. Swaine is currently the deputy chief executive officer (operations and corporate governance), as well as the monitoring officer, at Rushcliffe Borough Council.Swaine is expected to start in autumn, focussing on growth and economic development. He will succeed Wes Lumley, who had previously announced his intention to retire after 11 years as Bolsover’s chief executive, four of which have been in a shared capacity with North East Derbyshire.
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Swansea Council Chief Executive Jack Straw to stand down
The chief executive of Swansea City Council Jack Straw has announced he will leave the local authority in 2016 after next year’s budget setting and annual council in May.Straw has held the post of chief executive since March 2011. He first joined the authority in 2005 as the director of social services and housing before being appointed executive director in 2009.
Straw began his career in local government in Nottingham before becoming assistant city treasurer for Swansea City Council in 1989. He has also held a number of senior posts in the NHS in Wales and was chief executive of the Swansea Local Health Board until 2005.
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Derby City Council set to appoint a new chief executive
Derby City Council has selected Paul Robinson as the new chief executive, who held the role on a temporary basis since January 2015, to take the job on a permanent basis. He will succeed Adam Wilkinson who took voluntary redundancy.Council Leader Ranjit Banwait said that Robinson, who has also previously been the council’s deputy chief executive and strategic director for neighbourhoods, had “demonstrated all the key skills, expertise and competencies, to do the job”.
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East Herts District Council appoints Sarajevo veteran as chief executive
Liz Watts, a civil servant who has worked in war-torn Sarajevo, is the new chief executive of East Herts District Council.Watts replaces George Robertson, who retired at the end of May 2015 after 20 years in local government.

Watts is currently one of two directors at West Suffolk, a shared structure across Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury councils. In her current role, she oversaw the transformation of Newmarket town centre, its traffic, tourism, economic development and education.

Prior to that, she was chief finance officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council. In 2002, she was appointed deputy director of the resources office of the High Representative in Sarajevo.
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New chief executive takes the reins at City of Edinburgh Council
City of Edinburgh has appointed Andrew Kerr as the new chief executive. He will be joining from Cornwall council and will succeed Dame Sue Bruce who retired in July 2015, following 40 years of public service.
One of Kerr’s achievements in his previous role came in July 2015, in which he had successfully negotiated the Devolution Deal for Cornwall – the first rural authority in England to be offered one.Kerr’s 32-year public sector career has included over three years at Birmingham City Council, where he was responsible for leading the national award-winning Birmingham BEST organisational development programme. In 2005, he was appointed the CEO of North Tyneside council. He was later appointed chief operating officer of Cardiff council in March 2012, where he delivered a £900m joint venture in waste management. He has led transformation programmes in his last three authorities delivering more than £100m worth of savings. In his most recent post with Cornwall council, he led a programme planned to deliver £196m savings in the next four years.
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Uttlesford District Council Chief Exec John Mitchell to step down
Chief executive, John Mitchell, who has been in charge since 2008, will step down in January next year.He joined the authority in 2001 as the head of planning and building surveying and prior to taking the post of chief executive, initially on an acting basis, had also been executive manager of development services and director of development.

Mitchell will have completed 38 years in local government by the time he retires, as well as 15 years at Uttlesford. He has also worked at six other local authorities, including the London borough of Havering, Essex County Council and Wokingham Borough Council.
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Pembrokeshire County Council appoints Ian Westley as new chief executive
Pembrokeshire County Council has appointed Ian Westley as its new chief executive.Westley is currently serving as the authority’s acting head of paid service, a position he has held since the departure of the previous Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones, towards the end of 2014.

Westley joined Pembrokeshire in 2003 as the director of transportation, housing and environment, having previously been assistant director of technical services with the city and county of Swansea council.
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Tourism and community chief leaves Wirral council
Emma Degg, Wirral council’s chief officer of travel and tourism has left the authority under a voluntary severance arrangement on 17th July, 2015. She was primarily responsible for leading the borough’s tourism strategy. Degg had joined the authority in 2002 as communication and marketing manager.Under now-departed Chief Executive Graham Burgess, she was also appointed as head of neighbourhood and community engagement, co-ordinating several large-scale consultation exercises.
Degg was actively involved with Wirral Waters docklands regeneration initiative and on a number of occasions travelled with other senior officers and business representatives on trade missions to the Far East to encourage investment.

She was also closely associated with bringing the Open Golf Championships back to Hoylake and acted as liaison between the R&A governing body and the council both in 2006 and 2014.
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Brighton and Hove City Council appoints interim chief executive
Geoff Raw, Brighton and Hove City Council’s current executive director for environment, development and housing, is appointed as the interim chief executive. He will take on the responsibilities of the role with immediate effect. The vacancy was created by the departure of Penny Thompson who has taken early retirement.Council Leader Warren Morgan stated that Geoff Raw brings with him considerable experience of leading some of the most challenging and complicated services in the council. Cllr Morgan added that Raw was instrumental in many initiatives of citywide and regional significance, including the Greater Brighton Economic Board and the i360.
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Oxfordshire County Council plans to appoint chief legal officer as head of paid service
Oxfordshire County Council has plans to appoint its Chief Legal Officer Peter Clark, as the authority’s new head of paid service. The council’s decision comes before planned departure of Oxfordshire’s chief executive, Joanna Simons, at the end of September 2015.As a part of the appointment parameter, Clark has to resign from his current role as monitoring officer and will be replaced by Nick Graham, deputy head of law and culture.
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Bury council confirms permanent chief executive
Bury council has confirmed Mike Owen as its permanent chief executive, three months after Mike Kelly retired. Owen was appointed the interim chief in March 2015, as Kelly’s replacement.Owen has worked at the authority since 1986, originally as deputy group accountant. During this period, he had also undertaken one-year stint at Oldham council in 1999, where he was the deputy treasurer. He returned as chief financial services officer.

He previously worked for the NHS in the North West Regional Authority in 1979 as a finance trainee, before joining Trafford council in 1984.
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Oxford City Council names LGA boss as assistant chief executive
Oxford City Council has appointed Caroline Green to the recently created post of assistant chief executive. She will report directly to Chief Executive Peter Sloman.Green, who formerly worked in a senior position at the Local Government Association (LGA) for 10 years, will start at the local authority on 1st September, 2015.

At the LGA, Green specialised in housing and planning issues. The city council had said that her new responsibilities would include housing, planning, infrastructure, economic growth and strategies to reduce inequality, as well as efforts to win devolution.
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City of Lincoln Council selects new chief executive
City of Lincoln Council has announced the appointment of Angela Andrews as the new chief executive.Andrews was the acting chief executive at the city council since September 2014, when Andrew Taylor formally retired in March 2015, having led the authority for 16 years.

She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and held numerous roles in senior management before becoming director of resources seven years ago. During her tenure, she has steered the council successfully through budget cuts from national government.

Angela has worked in local government in the city for more than 30 years, joining the city council in 1986 as cashier before moving to become a trainee accountant.
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Redbridge chief executive announces resignation
Roger Hampson, Redbridge chief executive, has announced his decision to resign in 2016, after spending 15 years in the role. The council is seeking to find a replacement, by the time he steps down on 30th June, 2015.Hampson, who has worked in local government since 1986 and was appointed as the chief executive in 2000. He opted to change his role to part-time in 2014. On his resignation, Hampson said, “I have given this long notice so that the search for a new chief executive, and the transition, can be well managed. The council faces a huge challenge over the coming years as it seeks to protect service provision and support the most vulnerable in the borough, in the face of a sustained programme of government cuts and significant demographic pressures. I will leave behind a council well placed to meet the challenge.”
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