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Lesley-Ann Fenton has been appointed to the newly-created role of director of policy and performance with responsibility for corporate strategy, performance improvement and the local strategic partnership at Chorley BC. She is currently head of strategy and performance at Oldham MBC and was previously head of corporate policy at Bolton MBC.

The new chief executive of Fylde BC is Phillip Woodward (above). Previously he was acting up from his role as deputy chief executive. He replaces Ken Lee. Dave Joy has been named as deputy chief executive at the council. He

has worked at the council for the past seven years and was originally appointed as director of tourism and leisure. Mr Joy has worked in leisure management roles in local government, including Knowsley MBC and Ribble Valley BC.

Janie Barrett, Warwick DC's chief executive for the past 10 years, is standing down at the end of September. Ms Barrett, who is a qualified solicitor, began her career at Suffolk CC. In 1991 she joined North Hertfordshire DC as assistant director, before joining Warwick DC as director of central services in 1994.

Angela Leitch has been appointed head of performance services responsible for local community planning, service planning, policy and performance, business management and public affairs and communications at Edinburgh City Council. She is currently head of support services at West Lothian Council and starts work in the autumn.

The Borough of Poole has appointed Jim Bright as the new strategic director, responsible for transportation, strategic planning, vibrant economy and tourism. Mr Bright has worked for the council since 1989 and was most recently the head of transportation, a post he held for five years. He replaces Bernie Topham who has joined Eastleigh BC as chief executive.


Edinburgh City Council has appointed Karen Mitchell as its new head of financial services. She is currently head of finance and ICT at East Dunbartonshire Council. Ms Mitchell starts work in the autumn, replacing Ronnie Hinds who has become chief executive of Fife Council.


Kensington & Chelsea LBC has appointed Rebecca Matthews as the new director for schools, quality and standards. Ms Matthews joined the council in 2004 as principal inspector and head of school improvement. She was interim director of schools before taking up her current post.


Trevor Kennett, head of Newham LBC's crime and anti-social behaviour service, has been appointed to the new Home Office Respect Squad, a team of troubleshooters who will target trouble spots across the country.

Andrea McHugh is the new head of service for environment at Edinburgh City Council, responsible for parks and road services. Ms McHugh is currently customer and efficiency manager, wastewater at United Utilities. She starts work in the autumn.

Gordon Greenhill has been named as head of community safety at Edinburgh City Council. He is currently acting head, having previously worked as environmental health manager in the former environment and consumer services department.

Kevin Whittle, policy director for the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, has joined the

board of directors for recycling market development organisation London Remade. He replaces Ian Broxup.


Neil Munro has been appointed head of IT at Angus Council. Gordon Fenton is the new senior service manager for IT at the council.


Mike Emmerich is the new chief executive of Manchester Enterprises, the economic development agency for Greater Manchester. Mr Emmerich previously held joint roles as director of the Institute for Political & Economic Governance and associate dean for external affairs in the faculty of humanities at the University of Manchester. He replaces Neil Fountain who has been acting chief executive.


Dana Gavin is the new communications manager at the London Assembly. She is currently head of press and PR at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC.

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