Aberdeenshire Council has appointed Rob Simpson as its new head of housing. He is currently the communities and housing citywide manager for Aberdeen City Council. He was also the acting head of housing for Aberdeenshire Council for a period earlier this year.
Prior to working at Aberdeen City Council, Simpson was team manager in Aberdeenshire Council’s Business Services. There he programme-managed a wide range of projects delivering the Worksmart and WorkSPACE strategies, including the new HQ in Peterhead and working on shared services with Aberdeen City Council.
Angus Council’s chief executive has announced that he will retire from the council in May 2017 after six years at the helm.
The Policy and Resources executive sub-committee formally approved the chief executive’s request.
A full council meeting approved the move with the intention to reduce the council’s current top level management team – of a chief executive and three strategic directors – from four to three. It was also decided that the next chief executive of the council will be an internal appointment selected from its current strategic directors and heads of service.
Arthur Charvonia has been selected as the next joint chief executive of Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils. One of his major jobs will be to oversee the move of the two authorities, which are currently based at Needham Market and Hadleigh, into the county council’s headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich.
A qualified barrister, Charvonia has worked in local government for 11 years and has been strategic director at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils for the past six years. He worked at Norfolk Constabulary and the London Borough of Waltham Forest before moving to Suffolk.
Blackpool Council has appointed Delyth Curtis as the new deputy chief executive. Curtis, who is the council’s director of people which includes children’s services and adult services, will take on additional responsibility deputising for Chief Executive Neil Jack.
She fills the position left vacant following the departure of Carmel McKeogh after taking voluntary redundancy.
Rob Persey has been appointed as executive director for health and social care at Brighton and Hove City Council.
Persey is currently assistant director commissioning for health and adult social care services for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth Borough Council.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s chief executive Geoff Raw said: “I’m pleased to welcome Rob to join our leadership team. The wealth of knowledge Rob brings to his new role will be an asset for our council as we move forward modernising and improving the high quality services we provide for our residents.”
Sue Smith, the joint chief executive of Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire councils, has announced she will step down from her post in March 2017 citing her impending 60th birthday as the reason for her decision.
Smith began her local government career as a recreation assistant at Anglesey Borough Council 37 years ago. She was chief executive of Harborough District Council before moving on to become the first joint chief executive of Cherwell and South Northamptonshire councils in 2011.
Discussions about the vacant post will now take place between the leaders and members of both councils before a decision is announced in due course.
Croydon Council has appointed Shifa Mustafa as its new executive director of place to lead the council on safety, streets, development, regeneration, culture and planning.
With over 30 years’ experience working in local government, Mustafa joins Croydon from Kingston Council where she provided interim leadership and management for environmental services.
She also spent six years at Waltham Forest Council where she oversaw a number of different environment and regeneration services. She also led an award-winning face lift improvement scheme for the borough’s high street.
Cumbria County Council’s chief executive Diane Wood is set to retire in February 2017 having worked in local government for the last 35 years and the last eight years working in Cumbria.
She joined Cumbria in 2008 as director of resources before being appointed acting chief executive in May 2013 and taking on a permanently role in September 2013.
During her time as chief executive, she has overseen austerity measures including hundreds of job losses and millions of pounds in financial savings.
East Riding Council’s chief executive, Nigel Pearson, has announced he is stepping down from the role and will retire from the authority in March 2017.
Previously a senior officer at Hull City Council, Pearson took over as chief executive at East Riding Council in 2005.
He joined the council when it was first being set up as a shadow authority in 1995 after the decision to abolish Humberside County Council.
Denise Hyde has been appointed as the new executive director, people and transformation at North Lincolnshire Council. She is currently director of people at the council and has successfully led the council to achieve good and outstanding results in adult and children’s services.
The appointment is the first part of a major restructure of the council senior management that will save around £850,000 and enable it to meet key challenges. The council is also seeking a new executive director, commercial to complete the first tier of restructure. The two new executive directors will replace the chief executive and three other senior management posts.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s chief executive Andrew Lloyd has announced his intention to retire at the beginning of 2017. He will complete 20 years in November 2016 as chief executive and more than 28 years at the council.
Lloyd, who has worked in local government for 45 years, said that while he was at a stage in his career where he was able to retire, he hoped to be able to be to offer his knowledge and experience to support non-executive and voluntary work.
Warrington Borough Council has appointed Dr Muna Abdel Aziz as its director of public health on a permanent basis. She first joined the council as a consultant in November 2013 and has been working in the role on an acting basis since May 2016.
Dr Abdel Aziz began her career in public health in 1992 and has been hailed as a specialist in the subject in the UK and Sudan.
Winchester City Council has appointed Laura Taylor as its new chief executive replacing Simon Eden, who left the authority in September 2016 after 13 years at the helm.
Taylor is due to start in early January 2017 and will be the first female chief executive in Winchester City Council history.
Taylor is currently executive director at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council responsible for a number of major development and regeneration projects along with business liaison. She has previously worked at other Hampshire authorities including Test Valley Borough Council and Eastleigh Borough Council. She has also worked at Mole Valley District Council in Surrey where she worked to bring the road cycle race event to Surrey in the London 2012 Olympics.
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