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Two new strategic directors have been appointed at South Kesteven DC. Beverly Agass joins from her role as director of policy & performance at Fenland DC. Before this she was head of human resources at Kettering BC. She has also worked for Huntingdon DC and in the private sector for the John Lewis Partnership. Ian Yates was formerly corporate director of operational services at South Kesteven.

Blackburn with Darwen BC chief executive, Phil Watson, will retire in the autumn. He has 37 years of service with the council and its predecessors, starting work in 1968 as an architect. He rose to deputy borough architect and became assistant chief executive in 1985. Mr Watson was appointed chief executive for the new unitary council in 1997.

Bridgend CBC chief executive Keri Lewis has announced he is leaving the council in July. He has been at the helm of Bridgend for 11 years. Mr Lewis has 31 years local government service and is currently the longest serving chief executive in Wales. Deputy chief executive Lyn James is also leaving the council in July.


Kim Carey is the new director of operations at Gloucestershire CC. She was previously head of adult services.

The new director of development and strategic commissioning at Gloucestershire CC is Mark Branton. He was previously head of finance (social services).


Wendy Broome, integrated transport services manager and interim corporate communications manager, at Hertfordshire CC has retired following 25 years service at the council. She joined as a trainee road safety officer in 1982 and went on to become the council's principal road safety officer. In 1997 she received an MBE for services to road safety.


Three chief officers have been appointed to Wrexham CBC's revamped children and young people's service. Bob MacLaren is the chief officer for safeguarding and support. He was previously assistant chief social services officer for children. Hywyn Williams is the new chief officer for learning and achievement. He was previously acting chief education officer. Clare Field returns to Wrexham following a period working as head of safeguards at Shropshire CC. She is chief officer for prevention and inclusion services.

Margaret Goldie has been appointed to the role of corporate director for the children and young people directorate at West Berkshire Council. She starts work on 1 May. Ms Goldie joined West Berkshire in 1998, as head of children's services. In 2000 she became corporate director, community care and housing, and added the interim leadership of the children and young people directorate to her portfolio in 2005.


Aberdeen City Council's head of economic development, Rita Stephen, has been seconded for three years as development manager of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum. Previously she was assistant director of economic development for seven years.


Noel Hunter, Warwickshire CC's director of libraries, heritage and trading standards, has announced that he is to retire. His career in local government spans 40 years. Mr Hunter began his professional career in 1966 in Nottinghamshire as a trainee trading standards officer. Previous roles include assistant chief officer (trading standards) in Kent CC and county trading standards officer at Warwickshire CC.


The South West of England Regional Development Agency has appointed Andy Berry as public procurement manager for food and drink. He joins from the Government Office for the South West.


The arms-length management organisation Newham Homes has appointed its first chief executive, Charlotte Graves. She was previously managing director of the Ealing Family Housing Association. She joined the organisation in 1998 as director of housing. Ms Graves was also chair of ALMO Hillingdon Homes for two years. The appointment completes the senior management team made up of: Christine Ansell (director of housing); Sayeed Kadir (director of property and asset management); Surjit Dhande (director of resources and service improvements); and Peter Sipple (director of repairs and maintenance) who have all recently taken up their new roles.

Tony Campbell is new director of tenancy services at South Kesteven DC. He was previously housing manager at the housing association Acis. Mr Campbell has worked in public sector housing roles at Chesterfield BC, Ashfield DC, Newark & Sherwood DC, Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and Tower Hamlets LBC. He replaces Valerie Hayllor, who filled the role in an interim capacity.

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