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Double role for Chris Bull

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Chris Bull has been named as the first chief executive to head both a council and a primary care trust.

He will take over next month at both Herefordshire Council and the county’s PCT, moving from Southwark LBC, where he is deputy chief executive.

Mr Bull was joint chief executive of Southwark PCT and Southwark LBC’s strategic director of social services for five years before his current post.

Herefordshire Council said he would “lead an enhanced partnership designed to improve public services, achieve better value for money and ensure that Herefordshire continues to make decisions on how local public services are delivered”.

The combined council and PCT is due to come into being in April and is intended to generate annual savings of£3.5m by its third year, through increased efficiency and savings on management costs as one team of senior officers would replace the existing two (LGC, 23 August).

Merger proposals were developed last year when the government proposed to break the link between PCT and council boundaries.

Herefordshire kept its PCT on the understanding that public services would be integrated.
A council scrutiny committee in August expressed doubts about the timescale, expected savings and cost of integration.

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