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Local Partnerships appoints chief

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Local Patnerships has appointed Judith Armitt as its new chief executive following the departure of Helen Bailey to the London mayor’s policing strategy unit.

Ms Armitt will joing from the Cabinet Office’s government property unit. She was previously chief executive of Thames Gateway and chief executive of Medway Council.

She said she was “delighted” to join Local Partnerships, which was set up by the Treasury and the LGA to provide commerical expertise to local public bodies. “At this difficult time for all in public service our not-for profit organisation aims to help a growing number of local authorities and other bodies meet the challenges ahead.”

Local Partnerships has also appointed a new chairman to its board with Sir David Wooton replacing City of London councilman Edward Lord (Lib Dem). Sir David is a former sheriff and Lord Mayor of London.

Company secretary Stephen Jones, who retired as LGA head of finance in December, has been replaced by Michael Coughlin, who recently joined the LGA as executive director.

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