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DE GROOT BEATS BRISTOL BLUES BY LANDING TREASURY POST

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Lucy de Groot has landed the post of deputy director of the Treasury's public services directorate, just a month af...
Lucy de Groot has landed the post of deputy director of the Treasury's public services directorate, just a month after losing her job as chief executive of Bristol City Council.

Ms de Groot's post was controversially abolished earlier this year to make way for the separate roles of head of paid service and cabinet secretary (LGC, 21 January).

At the time, council leader George Micklewright said her leaving had nothing to do with her personal qualities, insisting that it was 'an issue of structure'.

Since leaving Bristol, Ms de Groot has been working on a temporary basis with the Best Value Inspectorate at the Audit Commission.

Her new remit at the public services directorate will involve 'aiming to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of public services while keeping within the government's fiscal plans'.

Ms de Groot becomes the first person to be appointed to a post of this kind from outside the civil service.

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