Norman Stronach has been appointed corporate director (operational services) at Corby BC. He was previously head of planning and economic regeneration at the council. Mr Stronach has more than 20 years planning experience and previously worked at Northampton BC and Hull City Council.
Steve Bishop has been appointed strategic director at Vale of White Horse DC with continued responsibility as the council's chief finance officer.
He was previously assistant director of finance at the council.
Martin Armstrong has been appointed director of customer and support services at West Lothian Council. He was previously head of housing and customer services at the council.
Paul Belo has been appointed performance improvement manager at Crawley BC. He was previously productivity controller at Tesco. He worked at the company for 13 years, starting as a project manager.
FINANCE AND RESOURCES
Ian Ambrose has been appointed acting director of finance at Norwich City Council. He has been head of financial services at the council since July 2003. Before this he was assistant head of finance at Epping Forest DC.
Diane Colley, chief executive at Rugby BC, has been elected new president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance. She replaces Mike Barnes, head of technical development at the Audit Commission. The new deputy president is Caroline Gardner, deputy auditor general at Audit Scotland.
Four new appointments to the council of CIPFA are: Ken Barnes, corporate director at South Norfolk Council; Lynn Brown, financial services director at Glasgow City Council; Gerald Vinten, Whitfield College principal and Sarah Wood, economic and environmental policy director at the Local Government Association. The new council will be sworn in at CIPFA's AGM on 16 June.
EDUCATION AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
John Coughlan has been appointed director of children's services at Hampshire CC. He has been corporate director for social care at Telford & Wrekin Council since 2001, having previously spent time at Dudley MBC as assistant director of children and families.
Tony Eccleston has been appointed director of education, children's services and libraries at Bracknell Forest BC. He was previously director of education and libraries at the council. Mr Eccleston set up the council's first department with responsibility for schools when it took over from Berkshire CC in 1998. He became deputy chief executive in 2003.
Ronnie Hill has been appointed director of children's services regulation at the Scottish Care Commission. He was previously regional manager of the commission's south-east region.
Andrew Seber, county education officer at Hampshire CC is retiring this summer. He has been in this role since 1998. Mr Seber joined the council in 1983 and was promoted through a number of roles before spending nine years as deputy county education officer.
Janice Hewitt has been appointed director of community services at Stirling Council. She is currently deputy director of rehabilitation and care with the Scottish Prison Service with responsibility for inclusion. Before this she was director of Apex Scotland. Ms Hewitt replaces Helen Munro who has retired after 10 years in the post. She starts work in August.
SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH
Liz Norton has been appointed director of adult services regulation at the Scottish Care Commission. She was previously regional manager of the commission's south-west region.
Susan Brimelow has been appointed director of healthcare regulation at the Scottish Care Commission. She was previously manager of the commission's independent healthcare division.
Mary Wilmont has retired from the role of director of social services at the Northern Health & Social Services Board, the largest of the four health and social services boards in Northern Ireland.