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Mark Lloyd has been appointed chief executive of Durham CC. He is currently deputy chief executive of the council. Mr Lloyd joined Durham in 2000 as director of economic development and planning, and managing director of the County Durham Development Company. He takes over from Kingsley Smith, who is retiring after 17 years in office. Mr Lloyd starts work in June.

Jean Morgan has been appointed chief executive of South Northamptonshire Council. She is currently strategic services director at Sevenoaks DC. Ms Morgan replaces Robert Tinlin, who has been appointed chief executive of Southend-on-Sea BC. Ms Morgan starts work in August.

Nicola Yates has been appointed chief executive of North Shropshire DC. She is currently director, with responsibility for frontline services, at Harborough DC. She takes over from interim chief executive Robin Hooper and starts work in June.

Jan Ormondroyd has been appointed deputy chief executive of Kingston upon Hull City Council. She has been chief executive at Suffolk.

Coastal DC since last May. Before this, she was regional director of local government practice with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Ms Ormondroyd starts work in July.

Jeff Davies, chief executive of Chorley BC, is to retire after almost 17 years in the post. Mr Davies worked as director of administration at Wigan MBC before joining Chorley.

Patricia Pratley has been appointed director of organisational development, responsible for finance, personnel, audit and ICT at Shepway DC. She is currently audit manager with Mid Devon DC. Before this, she was principal auditor at King's Lynn & West Norfolk BC. She starts work in July.


Peter Gabbitas has been appointed director of health and social care, a joint appointment for Edinburgh City Council and NHS Lothian. He has been chief executive of NHS Lothian's West Lothian healthcare division since April 2004. Before this, he was chief executive of West Lothian Healthcare Trust.

Duncan MacAulay has been appointed general manager for health and social care at Edinburgh City Council. He was previously acting director of social work.


Richard Batt has been appointed area housing manager for Carmarthenshire CC's Amman & Gwendraeth area. He previously worked in a housing role at Newydd Housing Association.

Pippa Brent-Isherwood has been appointed community projects team leader in East Hertfordshire DC's community planning and housing team.


Sam Ralph, director of planning and transportation at Norfolk CC, will retire at the end of September. Mr Ralph held the position of deputy director from 1993 until he was made director a year ago. He has 44 years' experience in highways engineering, and has also held posts including divisional surveyor and senior assistant county surveyor.


Andrew Bowles (Con) has been appointed chair of the Local Government Association's rural commission. Mr Bowles, leader of Swale BC, has been a member of the commission since its inception in 1997. He replaces Alan Melton, who stepped down last month.


Jonathan Russell has been appointed head of democratic services at West Sussex CC. Mr Russell replaces Gill Phillips, who is retiring in May .


Val McFarlane has been appointed corporate communications manager at South Gloucestershire Council. She was previously public relations officer at Wyre BC. Before entering local government, Ms McFarlane was public relations manager for Edge Hill College of Higher Education.


Paul Wilding, former chief executive of Easington DC, has been appointed interim director of the North East Assembly. He takes over from Stephen Barber.

Bryan Gray has been reappointed chair of the North West Regional Development Agency. The appointment runs until 13 December 2008.


David Cameron has been appointed director of children's services at Stirling Council. He is currently head of education at

East Lothian Council. He starts work in June.

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