Ian Thompson has started work as chief executive at Stafford BC. He was previously executive director and replaces David Rawlings, who has retired.
Residents in the north-west have voted Chorley BC’s chief executive Donna Hall the most inspirational woman working in the public sector in the region in the Inspiring Women Awards 2008. Ms Hall took the helm two years ago, leading significant improvements for the council and the community.
Bob Austin, Cotswold DC’s chief executive, will continue in his interim role as joint chief executive at Tewkesbury BC until a permanent replacement is appointed. Both councils shared the time and cost of Mr Austin for the past year, while examining options for partnership working, but have decided against a permanent arrangement.
The Audit Commission has appointed Eugene Sullivan as its new managing director of corporate services. He was previously a partner in RSM Robson Rhodes (now Grant Thornton) in charge of public sector services. Mr Sullivan has worked in public financial management, governance, risk and audit roles at the former Department of Health & Social Security and HM Treasury.
South Yorkshire Police Authority has made Max Sahota assistant chief constable for the county. Mr Sahota is currently a chief superintendent with West Midlands Police. He replaces assistant Andy Holt, who is now in charge of the force’s territorial operations, dealing with all South Yorkshire districts on local policing.
Finance and resources
Kevin Coyle, North Lincolnshire Council’s financial services manager, has been given the Tom Sowerby Award from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy for outstanding service to CIPFA students.
Camden LBC’s new director of children, schools and families is Ann Baxter. She is currently corporate director for children, education and social care at Stockton-on-Tees BC. She joined the council in 2004. Ms Baxter replaces Heather Schroeder, who is retiring. She joined Camden four years ago overseeing the successful reorganisation of the children’s social services and education services into a single directorate in 2005.
Health and social care
Baroness Barbara Young has been appointed shadow chair of the new independent health and adult social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission. She was previously chief executive of the Environment Agency.
Julie Wood has been elected chair of the executive committee of the public services section of Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) Manchester and North West Districts Branch. She will work with IOSH’s councils, government agencies; emergency services; colleges and schools. Ms Wood is Oldham MBC’s health and safety adviser for children, young people and families.
The Department for Communities & Local Government has appointed a new head of news. Michael Winders is currently head of news at the Cabinet Office. Before this he was acting head of news at the Home Office, where he worked for seven years. Mr Winders has also worked for the Ministry of Defence, handling PR for the Royal Navy in Plymouth, and as a reporter for the Plymouth Evening Herald.
Mike Clarke is the new head of libraries and information services at Camden LBC. He was previously director at London Libraries Development Agency. Before this he was director of information at the Arts Council England. Earlier in his career Mr Clarke worked local government roles in London, Leicester and Manchester.
Transport and planning
Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive has made Philip Purdy its Metrolink director. He will oversee improvements to the existing Metrolink network and its£600m expansion. Mr Purdy has 30 years’ experience in public transport in Australia and has overseen a variety of major projects including the expansion of Melbourne’s tram network.
Sheila Hyde is the new managing director of Spirita, one of the largest providers of housing and associated services in the East Midlands. Ms Hyde’s experience in the housing sector includes roles with Leicester City Council, Broxtowe BC and Metropolitan Housing Trust. Recent roles include head of Rushcliffe BC’s housing service and chief executive of Rushcliffe Homes.
Cecilia Tredget has been appointed director for Improvement East, a regional partnership set up to improve performance and efficiency levels of its members across the East of England. The partnership is hosted by the East of England Regional Assembly and made up of 60 councils and fire authorities in the region. Ms Tredget joins from East Cambridgeshire DC.