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Newcastle-under-Lyme BC's new acting chief executive is Ian Jenkinson, replacing Felix Harley who has taken early retirement. Mr Jenkinson has also been appointed corporate director, assets and operations services at the council. He was previously head of assets and amenities services.


Coventry City Council's new director of children, learning and young people is Colin Green. He is currently deputy director, safeguarding group, at the Department for Education & Skills. Before this he was assistant director, children's services, at Cambridgeshire CC.

Wendy Woodcock has started work as corporate head of children's services at Wokingham DC. She was previously deputy corporate head of children's services. She has also worked for Bristol City Council and Avon City Council.

Zenna Atkins has been appointed chair of the new board of Ofsted. She is currently executive consultant for Social Solutions Ltd.

Irene Carroll, the general manager of City Catering at Southampton City Council, is retiring after 40 years in the profession. She is also national chair of the Local Authority Caterers' Association, a role she will continue to hold until July 2007.


Yinnon Ezra, head of the recreation and heritage department at Hampshire CC, has been appointed to the national board of the Museum, Libraries & Archives Council.


Mike Taylor, former executive director, resources at Surrey CC has started work as the new chief executive of the London Pensions Fund Authority. He replaces Peter Scales.


Tom Wolstencroft has been appointed interim service director for community well-being within the adult and community services directorate at Oldham MBC. He was previously head of modernisation for older people's services.

Mona Sehgal has joined the Improvement & Development Agency as national adviser, adult social care. She joins from the Local Government Association where she worked as programme manager for community well-being. Before this she worked for Shelter, the national campaign for homeless people, as a policy officer.

South Ayrshire Council's social work, housing and health director Elaine Noad is the new chair of the Disability Employment Advisory Committee. Ms Noad will also continue her role as a commissioner for the Scotland Disability Rights Commission. She replaces Sally Witcher, who was recently named assistant director in the Office for Disability Issues.

Sarah Wood, former director of policy at the LGA, has been elected a trustee of the National Association for Voluntary & Community Action.


Norma Hope is the new business relations manager at regional development agency One NorthEast. She was previously head of regional affairs for Tyne Tees Television.


Kensington & Chelsea LBC has named Tot Brill as executive director transport, environment and leisure services. She is currently working for Leicester City Council as corporate director for regeneration and culture. Before this Ms Brill was corporate director for cultural services and neighbourhood renewal in Leicester. She starts work in December.

Peter Bishop, director of culture and environment at Camden LBC, has been appointed director of the mayor of London's new urban design unit, Design for London. He starts work in December. Mr Bishop has held a number of director posts, including director of environment at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, director of environment and technical services, and director of planning at Haringey LBC.

Christine Cryne has been appointed director for Consumer Direct, the telephone and online consumer advice service delivered in partnership with local authority trading standards. She is currently chief executive of the Institute of Marketing.


Paul Thomas has been promoted to head of trading standards at Devon CC, having recently returned from a secondment to the Office of Fair Trading where he set up the Local Authority

Assured Trader Scheme Network. He was previously fair trading manager. Mr Thomas replaces Roger Rivett who has retired after 20 years service with the council and a total of 40 years service in local government.


Birmingham City Council's strategic director of development, David Pywell, has retired. He was the council's first director of transportation, joining Birmingham in 1995 from York City Council where he was director of development.

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