Ms Hughes (47) is currently assistant director of education with Liverpool City Council. She began her career in teaching and worked for Oldham MBC, Scottish Borders and Dundee City Council before joining Liverpool.
David O'Connell has been seconded as head of project management at Stoke-on-Trent City Council's education department. He was previously head of research and development with Staffordshire Careers Service.
Phil Drury has been appointed head of technical services with Boston BC. He was previously head of housing and property services with the council.
Chris Perry, head of financial and corporate services with Tower Hamlets LBC, has been made director of finance with Greenwich LBC. He replaces Paul Dale, who became borough treasurer with Bromley LBC.
Graham Russell has been appointed head of financial planning and systems with Richmond upon Thames LBC. He was previously chief accountant with the council.
Sylvia Roberts has been appointed acting borough solicitor with Tameside LBC for an extended period, following David Parr's move to Macclesfield BC as chief executive. Ms Roberts was previously with Tameside's legal services unit.
Stella Manzie, chief executive of West Berkshire Council, has been appointed chief executive and town clerk of Coventry City Council. She will succeed Iain Roxburgh, who is retiring.
Ms Manzie (40) was borough director of Redditch BC for five years from 1992.
Earlier in her career she worked for the Association of County Councils, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Birmingham City Council, and as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse Management Consultants in 1988.
Cathy Goodwin will continue as acting chief executive and town clerk while maintaining her role as strategic director (lifelong learning) with Coventry, until Ms Manzie takes up her appointment in September.
Ms Goodwin joined Coventry as chief education officer in 1994 and was appointed to her present post in 1999.
Andrew Good has been appointed chief executive of Mid Suffolk DC, to succeed Geoff Chilton, who was appointed chief executive of King's Lynn and West Norfolk DC.
Mr Good (46) is currently director of community services with Colchester BC. He began his career as an administrative trainee with Essex CC, and after two years with Anglian Water Authority, he moved to Braintree DC, where he rose to deputy director of community services. He is a past secretary of the Essex Association of Leisure Officers.
Cecilia Tredget, assistant chief executive with East Cambridgeshire DC, has been appointed deputy chief executive, following management restructuring.
Ray Harding, economic and community development manager, has been appointed executive director (community services); David Archer, planning manager, has been appointed executive director (development services and Stephen Clements, environmental services manager, has been appointed executive director (environmental services).
Andrew Killington, head of personnel and corporate development, has been appointed executive director (human resources and Eleanor Hoggart, district solicitor, has been appointed executive director (legal and democratic services.
John Hill, deputy chief executive with East Cambridgeshire, was appointed chief executive in December.
Anita Cocchiali has been appointed corporate director of arts and leisure with Reading BC. She is currently chief leisure officer with Redbridge LBC.
Brian Thomson has been appointed director of technical services with Orkney Islands Council, to succeed Jim Panton, who is moving to Stirling. Mr Thomson (49) is currently roads DLO manager with Fife Council.
Bob McLintock has been appointed chief executive and town clerk of Brentwood BC. He was previously deputy chief executive and director of community services. Mr McLintock has been sharing responsib ility as acting chief executive of Brentwood with his co-deputy chief executive, Dave Marchant since the retirement of Colin Sivell in 1999. He joined Brentwood as director of recreation in 1983. Mr Marchant continues as deputy chief executive.
Bob Hogg, executive director for lifelong learning and leisure with Southampton City Council, who is leaving the council in September, has been appointed by Mouchel, the international consultancy and management company, to develop a range of education services supporting councils, governments and other organisations.
Christine Lee, deputy director of the Greater London Employers' Organisation, now part of the Association of London Government, left at the end of April to set up her own consultancy business.
She started her career in local government in 1971, subsequently working across human resources and organisational development areas.
Sally Hamwee has been elected chair of the London Assembly and Trevor Phillips has been elected deputy chair.
Baroness Hamwee has been a life peer since 1991 and is leader of the Liberal Democrat Environ-ment, Transport and the Regions team in the House of Lords.
She was a member of Richmond upon Thames LBC for 10 years and chair of the London Planning Advisory Committee.
Graeme Muir has been appointed as chairman of the Local Government Pensions Sub-Committee of the Association of Consulting Actuaries. He heads up the specialist public sector actuarial practice of Hymans Robertson, which provides actuarial advice. He is a partner in the firm's Glasgow office.
Paul Goodwin has been appointed assistant treasurer (accountancy and audit) with Crewe and Nantwich BC. He is currently business support manager with Shire Services, the catering and cleaning operations arm of the county council. He began in local government with Congleton BC as a trainee accountant and was promoted to principal accountant posts there.
Richard Morgan, accountancy manager with Buckinghams hire CC education department, has been appointed education finance manager with Bath and North East Somerset Council. He will replace David Brown, who was appointed divisional director of finance in education finance with Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC.
Karen Gater has been appointed head of strategic planning and finance with Durham CC social services. She is currently head of finance with County Durham and Darlington Health Authority.
David Perry, assistant head of financial services with Rushmoor BC, has been appointed head of financial services and S151 officer with Cheltenham BC.
Celia Cameron, leader of Norfolk CC and Peter Chalke, leader of Wiltshire CC, have been appointed as board members of The Standards Board for England, the independent body provided by the Local Government Act 2000, to uphold high standards of conduct in local government. They complete the full complement of the board.
Tony Holland, chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, was appointed chairman of the Standards Board in February. Subsequently Patricia Hughes, former chief executive of Sutton LBC, was appointed deputy chair.
Sara Forrest, a solicitor with Pembrokeshire CC, has been appointed solicitor (childcare) with the council.
Bethan Roberts, a trainee solicitor with Powys CC, has been appointed a solicitor with Pembrokeshire.
Karel Tripp, solicitor to the council with Cambridgeshire CC from 1991, has left on health grounds. She was articled with the former York City Council in 1975 and worked in solicitor posts with North Yorkshire CC and on a second spell with York, later holding posts with Cambridgeshire CC and Cambridgeshire Police Authority.
Richard Lester, former county secretary and solicitor for Cornwall CC, has been appointed a consultant with Eversheds Local Government Group, joining the national governance team, headed by Stephen Cirell.
Mr Lester worked in local government for 30 years, including with Leeds City Council, North Y orkshire CC and Shropshire CC.
He is a member of the Home Office Working Party on Electoral Review. He was vice president of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, and works on its behalf with the Local Commissioner for Administration.
Gareth Hayward has been appointed assistant director - transportation and planning with Bromley LBC. He is currently strategic and client services manager with the environment and regeneration department at Luton BC.
He will take up his new appointment in July.
Chris Armstrong has been appointed account manager with Formfill, the e-business software provider. He will be working on the firm's product set within local government.
Mr Armstrong previously worked with TPCL, part of ICL.
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Caryl Jackson has been appointed head of communications with the Local Government Information Unit. She is currently with COI Communications, the government's marketing and communications specialist agency, where she has worked as a senior account manager.
Previously she spent three years with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and also worked for some time with the Scottish Tourist Board. She began her career at Strathclyde RC.
She succeeds James Odling-Smee, who has become director of communications with Hertfordshire CC.
Geoff Canning, mayor of Reading from 1990-91, has died aged 76 after a long illness.
Mr Canning served on a number of committees during his council career and was chairman of the environment and leisure committees.
He represented the council on outside organisations, including the Reading and District Sports Council.