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Carolyn Wilkins is the new chief executive at Rossendale BC. She is currently deputy chief executive. Before joining Rossendale, Ms Wilkins completed a 15 month part-time secondment to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She started her career as a graduate trainee at Bolton MBC and also spent three years as assistant chief executive at Bury MBC. Ms Wilkins replaces Owen Williams, who has joined Calderdale BC.

Thanet DC has appointed Robert Rose as its new head of improvement and performance. He joined from Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Hospital Trust where he was deputy director of human resources.

Woking BC has appointed Ray Morgan as its new chief executive. He joined the council as director of financial services in April 1989 and became an executive director in 2000. Mr Morgan is currently acting chief executive, replacing Paul Russell who has retired.

Brian Allen is the new chief executive at Sedgefield BC. He has been director of resources since 1996 and joined the council in 1974. He starts work in June, replacing Norman Vaulks, who retires in May.

Barbara Morgan has been appointed services director, commercial services, at Nottingham City Council. She was previously director of facilities at St Andrews Hospital in Northampton.

Wigan MBC has appointed Katherine Fairclough as its new head of policy and performance improvement. She is currently deputy head of policy and performance improvement, after being promoted from her role as PPI team manager in 2005. Before this she was corporate policy officer for consultation. Ms Fairclough replaces David O'Connor, who is joining Lincolnshire CC as assistant chief executive.

Russell Muldoon has been appointed transition director for the transition team (a group of staff who will be negotiating the strategic service delivery partnership) at Oldham MBC. Mr Muldoon has spent the majority of his career working in the private sector, and before working as a consultant he held senior positions with partnership firms Capita, Symonds and Parkman.


David Finnegan has been appointed interim housing director at Flintshire CC.

South Tyneside Homes, the arms-length management organisation set up by South Tyneside MBC to manage its 19,000 council homes, has announced Paul Wilding as its new chief executive. A qualified town planner, he became chief executive of the District of Easington in 1999. Mr Wilding left in 2004 to set up his own consultancy, specialising in management services, and was interim chief executive for the North East Assembly until January 2006.


John Parfitt, head of public protection services at West Berkshire Council, has taken early retirement. He joined the former Newbury DC as head of environmental health before taking up his current post with the successor unitary authority.


Robin Treacher has been appointed chairman of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Local Government Group. Mr Treacher is a director at PR agency DTW and has a long history in local government communications.


John Callcutt is the new chief executive of English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency. He is currently deputy chairman of Crest Nicholson plc, following 14 years as its chief executive. Mr Callcutt replaces David Higgins who has joined the Olympic Delivery Authority as its chief executive.


Local Government Employers has announced the appointment of Helen Newman (below) as its corporate services director. She was previously assistant director at the Employers' Organisation for Local Government, after joining the organisation as a policy officer.


Social worker Dorothy Clifton has retired after 34 years for Oxfordshire CC.

Kim Carey is the new director of operations & development in the community & adult care directorate at Gloucestershire CC. Mark Branton has been named director of strategic commissioning and performance in the same directorate.

Allan Bowman has started work as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He was previously head of programmes in the neighbourhood renewal unit at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Anne Williams has been elected vice-president of the Association of Directors of Social Services. She is strategic director for community, health and social care at Salford MBC.


Linda Fisher is head of legal and democratic services at Rossendale BC. She replaces Mark Western.

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