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David Clegg, director of community services at Gloucester City Council, is to take over as acting chief executive when current managing director, Paul Smith, leaves to become chief executive at the City & County of Swansea in October. Director of resources, Keith Birtles, will take on the role of acting deputy chief executive.

Stephen Evans, chief executive at Havering LBC, has announced his intention to retire at the end of March 2007, after four years in the role.

Melinda Davies, deputy chief executive at Welwyn Hatfield DC, is leaving in October after 18 years working for the council. The move is part of a process to cut costs and streamline services. Ms Davies' role as monitoring officer will be taken by chief legal services officer Bob Baldock, who is currently deputy monitoring officer. The deputy position will be taken by principal auditor Ian Colyer.

Raj Patel has been seconded to the position of divisional director, corporate performance and programmes, at Lambeth LBC, from his role as assistant director, strategic management and support.


Jane Ratcliffe is joining Great Yarmouth BC as corporate director, resources. She has been chief strategic services officer with Redbridge LBC since 2001. Before this she was head of revenue services.


Jan Britton is moving from his role as environment services manager with Buckinghamshire CC to join Sandwell MBC as head of environment services. Before this he worked as head of park services for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and parks and recreation manager for Colchester BC.

Jacqui Kennedy is senior assistant director regulatory services at Birmingham City Council. She was head of trading standards and licensing.


Four strategic HR managers with backgrounds from across the public sector have joined Brent LBC: Corinne Mills is former head of HR and corporate learning at Ofsted; Margaret Newman is former head of client management at the BBC; Shaun Rafferty is former head of HR for the learning and leisure department at Leeds City Council, and Claire Gore is former programme leader for the HR transformation programme with the Metropolitan Police.


Tim Byles, chief executive of Norfolk CC, has been appointed chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, the company delivering the government's multi-billion pound Building Schools for the Future investment programme. He replaces Richard Bowker, who has joined National Express as chief executive. Mr Byles was previously director of economic development at Kent CC. He is currently chairman of the Local Government Taskforce and Solace.

Norma Cadwallader is the new strategic director for children's services at Warrington BC. She was previously acting strategic director, having joined the council when it became a unitary in 1998. Before this she was senior adviser and head of children's services for Shropshire CC.


Medway Council has announced the appointment of Bob Dimond as Medway 2012 Olympic manager. He was previously editor of the Kent Messenger series. Mr Dimond joined the Kent Messenger Group in April 1997 as design editor of Kent Today. He starts work in September.


The new head of planning and sustainability for Southampton City Council is Andrew Scate. He joins from Buckinghamshire CC where he is planning and development services manager, and strategic planning adviser to Aylesbury Vale Advantage, the local growth delivery vehicle. Before this he worked as the forward planning manager for Aylesbury Vale DC. Mr Scate starts work in September.

Sunand Prasad has been elected as the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, succeeding current president Jack Pringle, in September 2007.

Mr Prasad is a senior partner of Penoyre and Prasad Architects, and serves as the institute's vice president of policy and strategy.


Sue Primmer has been appointed as the first assistant director responsible for communications and consultation at Hackney LBC. She is currently director of communications at the University of Birmingham. Ms Primmer replaces Jim Chrystie, who has filled the role in an interim capacity. She starts work in November.


The West Midlands Regional Partnership has appointed Olwen Dutton as its first chief executive. She currently works for Staffordshire CC as corporate director, resources. Ms Dutton replaces Trudi Elliott who has joined the Government Office for the West Midlands.

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