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Archie Strang is the new chief executive of South Lanarkshire Council. He is currently deputy chief executive and executive director of finance and IT. Before this he was head of accounting and budgeting. Previous roles include assistant director of finance at Western Isles DC and director of financial services at Monklands DC. Mr Strang replaces Michael Docherty who retires in September.

David Whitehead, chief executive at Warrington BC, is retiring at the end of the year. He has previously worked as director of social services. Mr Whitehead joined the council nine years ago from Cheshire CC.

Midlothian Council's new director, commercial services, is John Blair. He is currently general manager, front line services at the council. Mr Blair began his career 24 years ago at Midlothian as a clerical assistant, progressing to become a qualified accountant. He starts work on 18 September, replacing Bob Page who retires after 35 years of service in the public sector.

Mandy James has been named head of programme, south, at the Improvement & Development Agency Local Government Services. She joins from a secondment at Lewisham LBC as interim head of service development. Ms James replaces Guy Swindle, who is on secondment at Barking & Dagenham LBC.

Rebecca Murphy is the new head of programme, north, for IDeA Local Government Services. She was previously programme manager. Ms Murphy replaces Richard Elliott.

Trevor Davies has been named interim head of technical services at Havering LBC.


Knowsley MBC has appointed Helen France as its new executive director for regeneration and neighbourhoods. She joins from the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company where she was executive director.

Before this she worked as executive director for development and partnerships at the North West Development Agency. Ms France replaces Barbara Spicer.

Andy Murphy, assistant director for environment and regeneration at Islington LBC with responsibility for the local strategic partnership and local area agreement, is the new chief executive of the EC1 New Deal for Communities regeneration programme. He starts work on 18 September.

New Forest DC leader Mel Kendal (Con) has been appointed chairman of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Improvement Board and vice-chairman of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Government Association.


The Borough of Poole has appointed Chris Owens as its new head of customer services and communications. Most recently he worked as head of branch service excellence at Lloyds TSB. Mr Owens replaces John Springett, the current head of customer services who is retiring and fills the current vacancy of head of communications, in the newly merged role.


Barry Khan has been appointed assistant director, legal services, within the business services directorate at Stockport MBC. He is currently corporate manager, legal and democratic services, and monitoring officer at Macclesfield BC. He starts work next month.


Nazeya Hussain has joined Tunbridge Wells BC in the newly created role of head of community and corporate planning. Ms Hussain previously worked for Greenwich LBC as strategic development manager, where she had responsibility for the Thames Gateway regeneration policy and programmes.

Debbie Clifton has been appointed development

manager for Bournemouth Partnership (the local strategic partnership). She was previously a co-ordinator.


Neath Port Talbot CBC's new head of children and young people services is Julie Rzezniczek. She is currently a principal officer in the assessment and case management service. Ms Rzezniczek joined the council 12 years ago as a child protection social worker, and was promoted to team manager of the child care disability team in 2000.


Dave Fleetwood, former head of strategic change at Sunderland City Council, is the new non-executive director of Marsh, the risk and insurance service. He recently retired from Sunderland, but other roles during his time at the council include acting director of community and cultural services. He has also chaired the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

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