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Darra Singh has been appointed chief executive of Luton BC. He is currently regional director for best value inspection service for the Audit Commission Northern Region.
Mr Singh was previously chief executive of a housing association in London.
The appointment was made as a result of the death of chief executive Kate Jones in December. Peter Watson, director of corporate and customer services at Luton, has been acting chief executive.
Paul Edwards, director of development with Boston BC since 1993, has been appointed chief executive of Mid Devon DC, to succeed Mike Bull, who is retiring.
Mr Edwards (46) started his local government career with Halton BC in 1982 and moved to King's Lynn and West Norfolk DC in 1984.
He was appointed business development officer with Humberside CC and head of economic development at Glanford BC in 1987.
Graham Turner has been appointed chief executive officer of North Somerset DC. He has been acting head of paid service since January, after Paul May moved to the Learning and Skills Council.
Mr Turner joined North Somerset as assistant director of economic development and community leisure in 1996 and became director of commercial and support services in 1997. He was previously chief marketing officer with Woodspring DC.
Paul Heath has been appointed director of chief executive's department with Cheshire CC, in a new post. He is currently head of financial planning with the county council.
Mr Heath (42) joined Cheshire in 1984 as an emergency planning officer and eventually moved into finance, taking CIPFA training in 1986. Since qualifying in 1990, he has held several finance posts, for the most part in accountancy with Cheshire.
David Kennedy has been appointed executive director for environment and development with Barnsley MBC. He was previously chief executive of Gedling BC.
Mr Kennedy (41) has worked for Arun DC, Watford BC and York City Council.
He has contributed to a number of projects in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and the Slovak Republic, helping local and national civil servants, academics and politicians develop democratic local government.
Victor Brownlees, assistant director of social services in finance and business support with East Sussex CC, has been appointed chief executive of Armagh City and District Council.
In the past Mr Brownlees (35) has worked for CSL Managed Services, Reigate and Banstead BC, Price Waterhouse and the National Audit Office.
Huw Bryer has joined Newidiem, the Cardiff-based economics consultancy, as a policy adviser.
He previously worked as a policy adviser with the Welsh Local Government Association and the Local Government International Bureau.
Allan Hampshire, principal environmental health officer, has been appointed head of housing and environmental services with Penwith DC, following management restructuring at the authority.
Roger Harnett, assistant director of development control with Penwith, has been appointed head of planning and building control and Charlotte Hill, acting economic development officer, has been appointed head of economic development and tourism.
David Hooper, head of legal and committee services with Colchester BC, has been appointed head of legal and personnel services.
Steve Hudson, principal accountant for finance, has been appointed head of financial services; Arthur Roberts, assistant director for direct services has been appointed head of operational services and Peter Rylett, principal committee administrator, has been appointed head of member services.
Nicholas Hodgson has been appointed head of technical and leisure services. He is currently with Torbay BC and will take up his post on 30 April. Andrew Mann, formerly computer manager with Penwith, has been appointed head of information technology.
Anthony Barrett has been appointed district auditor in North Wales, with responsibility for a mixed portfolio of clients, including local government and the health service.
He was previously a senior manager with Deloitte and Touche.
Gill Harrington, customer services manager with Derbyshire Dales DC since 1997, has been appointed assistant borough treasurer for revenues with Chesterfield BC.
Mrs Harrington began her career with Epsom & Ewell BC in 1979 in benefits. She moved to Reigate & Banstead BC in 1982, rising to chief revenues officer, and joining Sutton LBC as head of revenues in 1990.
She will take up her new post at the end of March to succeed David Granger.
Stephen Barnes has been appointed head of administration and legal division with Mid Bedfordshire DC. He has been legal services director with Corby BC since 1998 and was previously senior solicitor with Pendle BC for four years.
He takes up his new post on 24 April.
Bhupinder Gill has been appointed senior solicitor and legal officer of scrutiny and corporate governance with Sandwell MBC. He is currently legal services manager with Cannock DC and will take up his new appointment on 1 June.
Suzanne Horlock has been appointed empty properties officer with the housing department at Newham LBC. She has been a properties consultant over the past six years.
-Information Technology
Roger Clarkson has been appointed head of customer relationship management and e-Government consulting for IBM.
Previously practice manager with ICL, he led various customer service change projects with Leeds City Council, Knowsley MBC, Bolton MBC and others.
He began his career in local government with Ipswich BC and worked for Suffolk CC before being appointed head of county IT services with Gwynedd CC.
-By Janet Barber, email
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