Mr Devonald qualified in private practice. He joined Carrick DC as an
assistant solicitor and was promoted to principal solicitor, then joined
North Hertfordshire as head of legal services in 1994. He will take up his new appointment in March.
Guy Spencer, director of environmental services with Dorset CC, is to retire in August. Mr Spencer (53) began his local government career with West Riding CC in 1967 and worked with West Yorkshire MCC and Bradford City Council in engineering posts. He joined Dorset as deputy county surveyor in 1991.
Mike Poole has joined Cornwall Affiliates Plc as a principal consultant in their local government practice. He previously spent several years with PricewaterhouseCoopers public sector consultancy practice.
Earlier he worked in local government in London boroughs, and with Essex CC as an assistant chief officer.
Richard Hemmings has been appointed interim director of legal services with Kensington & Chelsea LBC, pending the appointment of a successor to Alun Phillips.
Mr Hemmings worked for Kent CC from 1989-98 as county secretary and later director of regulatory services.
Glynn Jones, chief executive of Brighton & Hove Council, is to retire in October.
Mr Jones was appointed chief executive of the former Brighton BC in 1989 and to his present post in 1996. He was previously acting chief executive of Haringey LBC.
Richard Toft, chief executive of St Edmundsbury BC since 1982, is to retire on health grounds.
Mr Toft (62) trained as a solicitor in private practice before joining local government in 1963 with Haltemprice UDC. He went on to work for York City Council and North Riding CC, then became assistant county secretary with Norfolk CC.
Rory Borealis has been appointed assistant chief executive and Danny Brennan has been appointed head of regeneration and partnership with Northamptonshire CC.
They will join Jane Tasker, appointed head of strategic policy and innovation, in the newly formed chief executive's office.
Mr Borealis is currently head of the chief executive's office with Coventry City Council. He previously worked for Nottinghamshire CC, Cambridge City Council and Peterborough City Council.
Mr Brennan has worked for nine years as a policy adviser with the European Commission in Brussels.
Ms Tasker, head of Northamptonshire's strategic support team since 1998, was formerly deputy head of the Northamptonshire libraries and information service.
Jenny Cairns has been appointed interim director of education with Thurrock Council, pending the appointment of a permanent director to succeed Rachel Wilkins, who left Thurrock in December to pursue other interests. Ms Cairns, a senior education executive with Capita, was formerly chief education officer with Merton LBC.
Jim Tait, director of commercial services with South Lakeland DC, is to retire this summer. He has worked for South Lakeland since 1974.
Andy Nash, an assistant director with the NHS Executive, and an inspector with the Social Services Inspectorate since 1998, has been appointed assistant director of social services, responsible for adult community care with Southwark LBC.
He was previously head of mental health services with Kensington & Chelsea LBC and also worked with Islington LBC.
In his joint posts with the NHS Executive and SSI, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Mental Health National Service Framework in London and the development and implementation of a London-wide strategy for mental health.
He also worked with the Rough Sleepers Unit and was a member of Department of Health policy groups including groups dealing with mental health, drugs and alcohol.
Peter Connell, director of direct services with Warrington BC has been appointed executive director -direct services and housing andAlan Stephenson, director of community services with Warrington has been appointed executive director - environment and regeneration with the council. Tom Roberts, director of housing and Keith Millington, director of environmental services, will take early retirement on 31 March.
The changes are part of an extensive management review.
Mike Thompson, senior group engineer responsible for the highways consultancy division with Oldham MBC, has been appointed assistant director of highways and engineering with Oldham MBC, to follow the retirement of Graham Hughes in March.
Karen Knight, head of Reading BC museum and archive service, has been appointed director of the sector and professional team at Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, a strategic agency which will work with museums, libraries and archives across the UK.
Daphne Obang, assistant director for community care with Camden LBC since 1997, has been appointed director of social services and housing with Bracknell Forest BC, to succeed Trevor Farmer, who took early retirement in August.
Ms Obang trained as a community psychiatric nurse, then became a mental health social worker with Lewisham LBC.
She has worked with Croydon LBC as assistant area team manager, as resource manager for Tower Hamlets LBC, and as head of adult services with Newham LBC.
She is a non-executive director with South Downs Community Health NHS Trust.
Paul Wenham, head of finance with Wokingham DC in 1997, has been appointed director of finance with Waverley BC, to follow the retirement of borough treasurer Frank Ansell.
Mr Wenham began his local government career as a graduate trainee with Horsham DC.
He will take up his new appointment on 1 May.
Rachel Walls, senior legal assistant with Wycombe DC, has been appointed planning lawyer with Brent LBC. Ms Walls began with Enfield LBC in 1987 and trained and worked there as a legal executive before joining Wycombe in 1997.
She will take up her new appointment on 26 March.
Stuart Pryer has been appointed acting head of information and communication technology with Cornwall CC, initially for 12 months. He was previously chief engineer for engineering services in the transportation and estates department.
Mr Pryer, a chartered civil engineer, has been with Cornwall for over 20 years in engineering posts. Computer technology was one of his specialist areas during that time.
-Press and PR
Andrew Hillier has been appointed interim director of communications with Kensington & Chelsea LBC, pending the appointment of a permanent post holder.
Mr Hillier was recently head of public relations and press office at Westminster City Council and has been a consultant to a number of organisations, including the Forensic Science Service.
He has served two terms as chairman of the Institute of Public Relations Greater London region.
-By Janet Barber, email firstname.lastname@example.org