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CONVICTION CASTS DOUBT ON CLEANING CONTRACTORS' NEW DIRECTOR

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The Cleaning and Support Services Association said this week it was considering the future of its new director gene...
The Cleaning and Support Services Association said this week it was considering the future of its new director general Michael Heath after discovering he had a conviction for deception.

Mr Heath was fined £1,000 by magistrates last year after pleading guilty to two charges of deception relating to false claims that he had two university degrees (LGC, 24 July 1992). Mr Heath, former head of Milton Keynes DC's direct labour organisation, was found out last year when he was offered the job of chief executive at North Kesteven DC.

Officials at North Kesteven checked his claim to have a degree from Washington State University in the US and another from the London School of Economics. A spokesman for the CSSA, a contractors organisation, told LGC on Wednesday the association's officers had only just discovered these details of Mr Heath's background.

'The officers of the association are understandably concerned about the matter and are consulting with all the members of the board of the association. They hope to be able to announce their conclusions shortly', he said. Mr Heath said it was not proper for him to comment on the discussions.

But he said he had been open about his employment with Milton Keynes and the CSSA had been satisfied with his references. Of his conviction for deception Mr Heath said: 'That was disclosed when I was appointed'. Asked if he intended to resign from his new post, Mr Heath said: 'I will carry out what the wishes are of the main board'. Mr Heath was appointed director general of the CSSA in October.
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