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Service Birmingham, the new joint venture between Birmingham City Council and Capita, has appointed Phil Braithwaite as its first chief executive. Service Birmingham was created to deliver a complete range of ICT services, and to support the council's business transformation strategy. Mr Braithwaite has worked for Capita since 1993 in both operational and corporate roles.

Ruth Fairhurst has been named as Bury MBC's new assistant chief executive. She joins from Salford City Council where she is head of regeneration and improvement in the chief executive's directorate. She previously worked for both Wigan and Oldham MBCs.

Allen Graham is the new chief executive at Rushcliffe BC. He is currently deputy chief executive at Kettering BC. He is expected to start work late summer, replacing Keith Beaumont who has retired.

Andrew North, the new chief executive of Cheltenham BC, starts work this week. He joins from Durham CC where he was deputy chief executive.

Shetland Islands Council has appointed Willie Shannon as assistant chief executive to assist with overall corporate management. Mr Shannon is currently acting head of economic development at the council.

Daniel Ratchford has been appointed director of Capital Ambition - a pioneering improvement strategy led by London local government to boost service delivery standards across the capital, supported by the Association of London Government. Mr Ratchford has worked at Islington LBC since 2002 as assistant chief executive. For the past year he has been on secondment to the NHS as director of corporate development at Islington Primary Care Trust. He starts his two-year secondment to Capital Ambition on 26 June.


Paul Hanbury has been appointed to head up the delivery programme for 10 new primary schools as part of the£1.8bn Regenerating North Solihull programme. Mr Hanbury has a 24-year teaching career. He previously worked for Cornwall CC as director of its Excellence Cluster. Before this he worked at the Department for Education & Skills pioneering education action zones.


Mark Sandhu, who has been acting head of customer services in the strategic resources department at Peterborough City Council since 2005, has now been confirmed in this role with responsibility for local taxation and benefits services.

Andrew Edwards has been appointed head of strategic property in the strategic resources department at Peterborough City Council. He is currently head of property services at Gateshead Council.

The deputy auditor general of Audit Scotland, Caroline Gardner, is the new president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.

Former East Riding of Yorkshire Council finance director and City & County of Swansea city treasurer John Butler will succeed her as vice president; and Audit Commission associate director, Chris Hurford continues as honorary treasurer. Rugby BC chief executive and chief financial officer Diane Colley is the immediate past president. These changes take effect from 13 June.


Sutton LBC has appointed Dr Adi Cooper as the strategic director for adult social services and housing replacing interim director Ian Davey. She starts work on 3 July 2006, joining from Lewisham LBC where she has been head of adult social care services for the last six years. Previously, Ms Cooper worked in a variety of roles including: academic research; in general practice; as a social worker and social work manager in specialist and generic services.


Yvonne Skingle, currently acting head of strategic human resources for Essex CC, has been appointed head of human resources at Peterborough City Council. She starts work next month.

Peter Rowe, head of human resources at Somerset CC, has retired. His career in local government has spanned over 40 years and during that time he has worked for Thames Valley Police Authority, Buckinghamshire CC, Chichester City Council and Hampshire CC.


Gateshead Council has appointed Ruth Poulten as its new media manager, replacing Rachel Woodcock who has joined PR company Gardiner Richardson. Ms Poulten was previously communications manager for a national charity, Business in the Community. Before this she worked at Sky News. Joining her is communications executive Sahdia Hassen, who comes from Halton BC.


Merrick Cockell, leader of Kensington & Chelsea LBC, is the new leader of the Conservative Group at the Association of London Government. Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley LBC is the new deputy leader.

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