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Barnsley chief named

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Barnsley MBC has selected a new chief executive following the departure of Phil Coppard at the end of last year.

Diana Terris is to take the role following five years in the top job at Warrington BC, it has been announced.

Ms Terris said she was “delighted” with her appointment, which is subject to a number of formalities before final confirmation.

She also praised her colleagues in Warrington. “I will certainly be heading across the Pennines with some happy memories,” she said.

The surprise departure of Barnsley’s former chief executive was announced in December after Mr Coppard had been in the job 12 years, and worked for the council for 36.

Speaking after his departure, Mr Coppard told LGC his exit had been linked to his efforts to restructure the council by reducing duplication between different departments’ back office functions had not proven popular with his senior managers.

“I was trying to make things leaner by pulling the back office together into common services rather than having several different little units across the authority doing similar things,” he said. “Some of the members of the management team wanted to do things their own way and it caused some contention. I think that probably spread into the political arena.”

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