People on the move – May 2016

Argyll and Bute Council appoints new chief executive

Argyll and Bute Council’s Executive Director of Community Services Cleland Sneddon has been appointed as the authority’s new chief executive.
He will be replacing the current chief, Sally Loudon, who is leaving the council after seven years to take up the role of chief executive of COSLA.

Sneddon joined Argyll and Bute in May 2010. He previously worked for local authorities in Midlothian and South Lanarkshire in roles covering education, housing, HR, social work and leisure.


New chief exec named for Buckinghamshire County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council has appointed Rachael Shimmin OBE as its new chief executive.
She brings significant experience in the key sectors of children’s services, adult social care and health.

Shimmin was previously corporate director for children and adults services at Durham County Council for four years where she was responsible for a revenue budget of over £800m and a team of over 3,000 people.
She replaces Chris Williams, who left the post in March 2016, following 16 years in the role.


Senior Croydon council officer Jo Negrini confirmed as temporary boss
Croydon London Borough Council’s Jo Negrini has been confirmed as the authority’s new interim chief executive.
Negrini is currently the council’s executive director of place. She joined Croydon in 2014 after previously working for Lambeth and Newham councils.
She is succeeding Nathan Elvery who is leaving Croydon in June 2016 to take charge at West Sussex County Council.
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Inverclyde Council chief executive John Mundell to retire

Inverclyde Council’s Chief Executive John Mundell has announced his retirement after 10 years at the helm and 42 years of service in local government.
Mundell has been chief executive of Inverclyde Council since March 2006.
Prior to that, he worked for East Dunbartonshire Council, Central Regional Council, Lothian Regional Council and the City of Edinburgh Corporation.
He has also been involved in national initiatives including the recent Scottish Recycling Charter, where he represented the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives while heading up the council with the highest level of recycling in Scotland.
Mundell will step down in September 2016, and a search will be launched for his replacement.


Charlie Adan appointed chief executive at Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has appointed Charlie Adan as its new chief executive.
Adan will join Kingston council in August 2016 from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils where she is the joint chief executive for five years.

During her time at Babergh and Mid Suffolk, she oversaw the integration of the ‘Smaller, Smarter, Swifter programme’, which transformed the two councils’ workforces into one shared service.

Medway’s Director of Children and Adults Services leaves for Croydon
Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adults Services Barbara Peacock is set to leave the authority in August 2016.
Her role will be taken up temporarily by her current deputy, Ian Sutherland.
Peacock will move to Croydon London Borough Council as its new executive director for people in charge of the council’s education, housing needs and social care services.
She joined Medway in 2012, leading one of the council’s biggest single briefs – including schools, adoption, fostering, adult social care, youth work and physical and learning disabilities.
Reading Borough Council’s new boss is Simon Warren

Reading Borough Council has appointed Simon Warren as interim managing director for about six months as the council seeks to appoint a permanent successor to Ian Wardle, who is taking up a new role as group chief executive of Thirteen Group.

Warren previously held the post of chief executive at Wolverhampton City Council as well as Rugby Borough Council. Earlier in his career, he served in the RAF and worked as a senior officer at NATO.
Reading Borough Council Leader Jo Lovelock said that Warren’s experience will be essential as the council tackles the ongoing budget challenge in the face of reduced resources and increased demands on council services.

Shetland Islands Council appoints new finance boss
Shetland Islands Council has appointed Jonathan Belford as the new executive manager of finance.
Belford has worked with Shetland Islands Council for the past 18 months as part of a partnership arrangement with Aberdeen City Council.
He has worked in local authorities across the north east of Scotland since 1991, and has spent the past 17 years at Aberdeen City Council, most recently as Corporate Accounting Manager.

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