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Sue Nixon is leaving her post as chief executive of Bromsgrove DC. She joined the council in 2004. Kevin Dicks, corporate director of resources, is to step up as acting head of paid services.

David Bowles has been appointed interim chief executive of Bridgend CBC. Mr Bowles was formerly chief executive of Lincolnshire CC and was recently interim chief at West Lindsey DC. He replaces Keri Lewis.

Outgoing Fife Council chief executive Douglas Sinclair has been appointed chair of the Scottish Consumer Council.

Mr Sinclair was previously chief executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. He is also chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers Scotland. Ronnie Hinds, head of financial services at Edinburgh City Council, replaces Mr Sinclair in June.


Ian Carruthers is the new policy and technical director at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He joins from the Treasury, where he is director of government reporting. Mr Carruthers has also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.


Buckinghamshire CC's new divisional director, achievement and learning, is Louise Goll. She joins from Leicester City Council where she is director of achievement, overseeing school improvement. Ms Goll starts work on 1 August.

Chris Munday is the new divisional director, commissioning and business improvement, for children's services at Buckinghamshire CC. He is currently children's trust manager with Tower Hamlets LBC, where he is responsible for developing improved commissioning and integrated services for children. Mr Munday starts work in July.

Trevor Boyd has been appointed divisional director, safeguarding, for children's services at Buckinghamshire CC. He was previously acting strategic director for adult social care. Mr Boyd has over 20 years experience of working in social care, seven of them with Bucks.


Michael Green is the new head of policy and parliamentary affairs at the National Association of Local Councils. He was previously policy and parliamentary affairs manager. Marianne Webb has been promoted to senior communications officer, while Kate Saunders is the new communications officer. Ms Saunders has a publications background working on a number of specialist trade titles in the healthcare field.


Phil Sivell group manager, sustainablility, projects and assessments, at Surrey CC has joined the Transport Research Laboratory's Centre for Sustainability to lead the new climate change team. He is also chairman of the UK Inter-regional Climate Change Group.


Kingston upon Hull City Council has appointed John Hocking as its director of housing. He was previously chief executive of Leeds North West Homes. Mr Hocking replaces interim director Janet Dean.


Becky Whale, head of the leader's office at Hampshire CC, has been appointed head of policy and public affairs for South East Counties Chief Executives.


Steve Houghton (Lab), leader of Barnsley MBC for the past nine years, has been appointed to the board of the Audit Commission. He is also chair of the Barnsley Local Strategic Partnership and chair of the Local Government Association Urban Commission.


Mandy Coalter is the new director of human resources and organisational development at Heart of England NHS Foundation Hospital Trust in Birmingham. She is currently director of HR and organisational development at Doncaster MBC.


Janet Bradbury has been appointed chief executive of the North Solihull Partnership, a 15-year initiative to regenerate North Solihull. She was previously chief executive at Meden Valley Making Places Ltd. Ms Bradbury's other roles include executive director of regeneration at Pendle BC.

Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire county councils have appointed Peter Davenport as their adviser on regional strategy. This is a two-year secondment from his role as head of policy development at Staffordshire CC.

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