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Mike Stroud, deputy town clerk and executive director for transport, environment and leisure services at Kensington & Chelsea LBC, is retiring at the end of the year. He has worked at Kensington & Chelsea for 16 years, having previously been deputy borough engineer at Enfield LBC, and deputy city engineer and surveyor at York City Council.

Garry Owens has been appointed deputy chief executive at Blyth Valley BC. He is currently executive director, with responsibility for community services, strategic planning and partnership working. Mr Owen joined the council as an environmental health officer 27 years ago.

Richard Ellis joins Bedfordshire CC as director of customer engagement and corporate services. He was previously executive director at Colchester BC.


Blyth Valley BC's new head of human resources is Bernie McCardle. He was HR director at NEXUS for five years before joining the council. He replaces interim manager Ray Sharman.


The Commission for Social Care Inspection has announced Paul Snell as its new chief inspector, following the appointment of David Behan as director general for social care at the Department of Health. Mr Snell is currently director of inspection, regulation and review. Before this he was director of social services at Nottingham City Council.


Peter Radford is the new chairman of the National Highways Design Best Value Benchmarking Club, which monitors professional highways and transportation services. He is currently a highways engineer at Somerset CC.


Andrew Dobson, head of planning and development control at Lancaster City Council, is the new community planning champion in response to a government initiative to give people greater access to free and independent advice on planning through regional offices.


Martin Walker has been appointed head of regeneration at Chester-le-Street DC. He was previously head of programme management with Bridging NewcastleGateshead, the housing market renewal pathfinder. He replaces Sandra Fryer who filled the role in an interim capacity.


Chris Bilsland, corporate director of resources at Somerset CC, has been appointed Chamberlain to the City of London Corporation. Mr Bilsland has been a chief officer with the council since 1991 when he was appointed county treasurer. Earlier in his career he spent five years working as an auditor and consultant in the private sector before joining Hampshire CC in a senior finance role. He replaces Peter Derrick.

Michael Hudson is joining Kingston upon Hull City Council as director of finance. He was previously head of finance at Oldham MBC.

Leigh Butler is the new revenues and benefits manager at Waveney DC. She was previously revenues and benefits manager at Bromsgrove DC. Before this Ms Butler had various finance roles at Powys CC, Montgomeryshire DC and Severn Trent Water.

Mike Prince, county treasurer at Wiltshire CC, is taking early retirement. He has worked in Wiltshire for 16 years, initially as chief accountant, before returning years later to be deputy county treasurer.

Paul Kelly, former senior income and recovery manager

at Trafford MBC, has joined Jacobs Certificated Bailiffs as business development manager. He has previously held management roles in local taxation at Nuneaton & Bedworth BC, Knowsley MBC and St Helens MBC.

Gordon Shinn, former head of social services finance at Hampshire CC, is joining Public Sector Consultants as a consultant. Most recently he was working as a municipal finance specialist in South Africa.


Jill Shortland (Lib Dem) has been appointed chair of the South West Regional Assembly. She is an executive member of Somerset CC and holds the finance portfolio. Cllr Shortland replaces Jackie Longworth who has been chair since 2004. Chanel Stevens (Lab) from North Somerset Council is the new deputy chair.

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