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Bolton MBC's new chief executive is Sean Harriss. He is currently executive director of strategy and resources at Oldham MBC. Mr Harriss began his local government career in 1991 as a press officer with Tameside MBC. Two years later he moved to Bolton to join the chief executive's department and later became head of the chief executive's support team. After almost 10 years at Bolton he left to join Oldham as assistant chief executive. Mr Harriss replaces Bernard Knight who is retiring next Easter after almost 10 years at the helm.

Julian Wain has been appointed chief executive of Gloucester City Council. He is currently strategic director responsible for community and economic regeneration at Solihull MBC. Mr Wain is expected to start work in three months, replacing David Clegg, director of community services, who has been acting chief executive following the departure of Paul Smith. Mr Smith has joined the City & County of Swansea as chief executive.

Crewe & Nantwich BC's new chief executive is Paul Ancell. He was previously executive director, environment and development. Before this he worked as the council's borough planning officer. Mr Ancell has also worked for Macclesfield BC, High Peak BC and Test Valley DC. He replaces Alan Wenham who retired last September.

Janet Waggott, group director, regeneration and renewal, is leaving Calderdale MBC to take up her new role as chief executive of Ryedale DC.

Breckland DC has announced the resignation of chief executive Becky Hellard. Ms Hellard has worked for Breckland for over 10 years, rising from management accountant to treasurer to strategic manager. She was the council's first female chief executive. Deputy chief executive Keith Davis will be acting-up in the role until the position is filled.


Jane Portman has been appointed executive director for children and families services at Bournemouth BC. She joins from the Borough of Poole and starts work on 29 February.


Rose Wheeler, group director, community services at Calderdale MBC, is being seconded part-time to the Government Office Yorkshire and the Humber to work on community cohesion. Ms Wheeler will then leave the council at the end of February to return to consultancy work in the public sector.


Ealing LBC has appointed Pat Hayes as its first executive director, regeneration and housing. Mr Hayes is currently director of borough partnerships at Transport for London, where he has been working with London's 33 councils on major projects including Crossrail and the Thames Gateway Bridge. Previously he was executive director for regeneration at Lewisham LBC with responsibility for management of the council's housing stock. Earlier in his career he worked for Ealing as principal performance review officer.

Manchester Enterprises, the economic development agency for Greater Manchester, has appointed Nick Gerrard as deputy chief executive. He joins the agency as part of a two-year secondment from the North West Regional Development Agency where he works as head of strategy and policy. Mr Gerrard will also be responsible for heading up Manchester Enterprises' strategy and implementation department.


Jonathan Phillips has been appointed Calderdale MBC's new group director, health and social care. He joins from the Commission for Social Care Inspection where he worked as director of quality, performance and methods. Mr Phillips starts work this month, replacing Philip Lewer who has retired.


Tony Williams is the new executive director for environment and economic services at Bournemouth BC. He joins from East Lindsey DC where he works as director of corporate services and monitoring officer. He starts work on 5 February.

Lyn Carpenter is the new director of environment and regeneration at Merton LBC. She is currently head of property and leisure services. She replaces Richard Rawes who is leaving on 12 January. Ms Carpenter has 15 years local government experience.

Graham Essex-Crosby, former chief executive of Blackpool BC, has been appointed interim chief executive of Lake District National Park. He replaces Paul Tiplady who has taken early retirement.


Portsmouth City Council has appointed David Mearns as assistant housing manager to oversee the delivery of the council's housing specialist services. He joins from Southwark LBC where he worked as head of administrative services. James Hill becomes housing manager. Nigel Selley, regional housing manager, has been appointed neighbourhood manager to oversee the pilot neighbourhood management scheme in Landport and Buckland.

Helen Golightly is the new corporate project manager for Walker Riverside at Newcastle City Council. She previously worked as corporate programme and project manager. Earlier roles include development control and principal planning officer at Newcastle and planning officer at Doncaster MBC.


The Commission for Equality & Human Rights has appointed nine new commissioners. Lady Margaret Prosser, chair of the Women's National Commission is deputy chair; other appointments include Jane Campbell, former chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall and Neil Wooding, director, Public Service Management Wales, Welsh Assembly Government.

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