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Bristol appoints interim 'city director'

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Bristol City Council has appointed an interim city director to take over when interim chief executive Graham Sims retires next month.

Angie Ridgewell, who only recently joined Bristol as interim strategic director for corporate services, is to fill the role while the city council searches for a permanent candidate for the post.

Angie Ridgewell

Angie Ridgewell

Ms Ridgewell, left, previously worked as an interim section 151 officer at North East Lincolnshire Council and the London Development Agency and is also a former chief executive of Thurrock Council.

Elected mayor George Ferguson (Ind) said: “Angie has an impressive career history and has already got off to a flying start in the couple of months she’s been in Bristol as interim.”

Following his election in November as Bristol’s first elected mayor, Mr Ferguson said he wanted to restructure the top management of the authority including rebadge the chief executive post. Recruitment firm Penna has been asked to fill a ‘city director’ role.

Mr Sims, who announced his retirement in January, took the role last summer after former chief executive Jan Ormondroyd took early retirement for family reasons.

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