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A streamlined management structure at the Local Government Association will come into effect in the new year. ...
A streamlined management structure at the Local Government Association will come into effect in the new year.

The 10 divisions of the association have been slimmed down to six to promote more flexible working and greater efficiency.

Six new directors and a team of deputies will be responsible for different policy and service areas. Existing divisional heads had to apply for the new posts, where there were clear winners and losers.

John Ransford, former head of social affairs, health and housing, won the new post of director of education and social policy in the new division over Neil Fletcher, former head of education, culture and tourism, who becomes his deputy, continuing his fixed-term contract. His new title is head of education policy.

Former director of local government finance Neil Kinghan is director of economic and environmental policy. Nick Eastern, former head of policy, will join the division in a senior role.

Phil Swann, former director of communications and public affairs, is director of the new strategy and communications division.

Former head of strategy Matthew Warburton will work under Mr Swann in a senior position.

John Rees, formerly assistant director of management and member services, is director of the new central services division. His former boss Joan Jones will stay on

to assist with the transition before retiring in April.

Nick Cull, director of the council co-ordinating body on food trading standards, has been appointed director of information, research and intelligence. Roger Sykes will continue as head of research.

Mike Ashley, former head of environment, fire and community safety, has left to head the Local Government Information Bureau.

Catherine Sweet has been appointed director of resources and commercial


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