Bruce McDonald has been appointed chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Since the departure in January 1999 of previous chief executive Bernard Quorroll, to become chief executive of Isle of Wight Council, he has shared the acting chief executive role with Roy Taylor, director of community services and Tony Knights, director of finance.
Mr McDonald (46) was previously director of personnel at Kingston upon Thames from 1991. He joined the council as a personnel officer in 1980 from Hounslow LBC, where he began in personnel in 1977.
Peter Kemp, director of finance and corporate services with Tynedale DC since 1996, has been appointed chief executive of the council following the retirement of Alan Baty at the end of March.
Mr Baty joined the council in 1974 as director of finance and became chief executive in 1981.
Adrian Williams, a senior education officer with Suffolk CC, has been appointed assistant director of education (planning and review) with Cambridgeshire CC.
Mr Williams (42) began his career in teaching in Manchester and moved to Northamptonshire CC in 1984 as advisory teacher for multicultural education and religious education.
He was promoted to assistant education officer and later to principal personnel officer with Northamptonshire before moving to Suffolk in 1995.
Peter West has been appointed head of community care with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. He was previously assistant head (housing and community care commissioning) with Haringey LBC, where he worked from 1984 in posts in homelessness, housing and community care.
Mr West (46) started his career in 1975 as a research officer in the social research division at the Department of the Environment. He was appointed principal development and research officer in the housing department of Reading BC in 1980.
Erik Shopland has been appointed equal opportunities officer with Crawley BC. He previously worked in community and race relations in Sussex and south east London, and was a lay trade union officer for MSF.
Judith Blaze has been appointed to the consultancy team of the Improvement and Development Agency. She previously worked on a number of service improvement projects, including the best value pilot services in the environment department at Camden LBC.
Originally from Australia, Ms Blaze established a consultancy at the John Monash Business Centre, Monash University. She has worked for public and private sector organisations, including local government.
Michael Hunt, assistant chief financial officer with Chiltern DC, has been appointed strategic director (finance) with Warwick DC.
Mr Hunt (36) started his local government career with Hampshire CC in 1985 as a trainee accountant and became an audit manager with consultants KPMG in 1989.
He was appointed senior principal accountant with Wycombe DC in 1993 .
He will take up his new post on 26 June.
Colin Wilmott, head of revenue and benefit services with Stroud BC since 1994, has been appointed head of revenue and benefit services with Torfaen CBC.
Mr Wilmott began his local government career with Newport BC in 1975 and moved to Northavon DC in 1986. He joined Stroud in 1987 and became community charge manager in 1989.
He is vice chairman of the South Wales and South West Region of the Institute of Rating, Revenues and Valuation and a member of the regionÕs IRRV forum.
Press and PR
Tessa Bartholomew has been appointed head of communications for the South East England Regional Assembly. She was previously assistant director of communications with the Metropolitan Police Service from last summer and worked in various public relations and press officer posts with the service from 1992.
Quentin Langley has been appointed head of communications with CIPFAÕs education and training directorate. Mr Langley is currently a senior counsellor working on corporate and educational accounts with Chelgate, where he has been since 1996.
He takes up his new post on 25 April.
Andrew North, county solicitor with Somerset CC has been appointed director of corporate and legal services with Durham CC, to follow the retirement of Roger Humphries, county secretary and solicitor and deputy chief executive with the county council.
Mr North began his career in private practice and was appointed social services solicitor with Hertfordshire CC in 1988. He left as head of the countyÕs property group to become deputy county secretary and solicitor with Somerset in 1993 and was appointed to his present post in 1998.
Bernie Grant who died on 8 April aged 56, was Labour MP for Tottenham from 1987 and leader of Haringey LBC from 1985-87. He was elected to Haringey in 1978.
Mr Grant worked as a local government officer with Newham LBC from 1985-87 following posts as an area officer with NUPE from 1978 and as a development worker with the Black Trade Unionists Solidarity Movement from 1983-84.
He was a member of the Select Committee on International Development; chairman and founder member of the Parliamentary Black Caucus in 1988; chairman of the Standing Conference on Race Equality in Europe from 1990 and chairman of the all-party group on race and community.
Phil Colledge, financial services manager, is covering financial services and Jonathan Goolden, secretary and solicitor to the council, is covering legal and administrative services with Derbyshire Dales DC, following the retirement of John Harrison, head of corporate services with the council.
Chan Badrindrath has been appointed executive director of corporate services with Waltham Forest LBC and Keith Evans has been appointed acting executive director of lifelong learning with the council.
Ian Platts, programme director for contract services with Barnsley MBC, has additionally been appointed deputy chief executive. Phil Coppard, now chief executive of Barnsley, was previously assistant chief executive and deputy to the chief executive.
Tony Clark has been appointed executive director (resources) with Richmondshire DC. He is currently leisure and economic development manager with the council.
Di Billups, assistant director learning services with North Lincolnshire Council, has been appointed acting chief education officer with Rotherham MBC for six months.
John Lynch, assistant director of planning with Nottingham City Council, has been appointed director of planning and environment with Leeds City Council.