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People 15.05.08

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A look at who has moved where in local government.


North East Lincolnshire Council’s deputy chief executive, Liz Jones has been appointed interim head of paid service until the appointment of a new chief executive. She replaces George Krawiec who has retired following more than 35 years in local government service.

Harrogate BC’s new chief executive is Wallace Sampson. He has worked in local government for nearly 25 years, including roles at Doncaster and Kirklees MBCs and Chesterfield BC. Mr Sampson joined Bradford City MDC in 2000, and was appointed strategic director of customer services in 2006. He is a corporate member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating & Valuation. Mr Sampson replaces Mick Walsh, who retires this summer.

Northumberland CC has announced that chief executive Mark Henderson is leaving the council after five years. He plans to set up his own consultancy.

Finance and resources

Malcolm Johnston is the new director of resources at Rother DC. He joins from Ashford BC, where he was head of communications and policy. He replaces Joy Hollister, who recently moved to Brighton & Hove City Council.

Legal and democratic services

Rother DC democratic services manager David Hermon has been appointed interim monitoring officer. David Edwards has been appointed interim solicitor to the council. He is the council’s legal services manager. Both interim roles replace district secretary and solicitor to the council, Trevor Elliott, who is retiring in June.

Children's services

Don Ledingham, former head teacher of Dunbar Grammer School, is the new acting director of education and children’s services at East Lothian Council.

Maureen Jobson is the new acting head of education at East Lothian Council. She was previously quality improvement officer in early year’s education.


Paul Comer has been appointed head of marketing and communications at the Improvement & Development Agency. Mr Comer will have a central role aligning communications with web-based knowledge resources, as well as leading on communications reviews between the central bodies. He was previously public affairs manager at the agency. Mr Comer replaces Eddie Gibb, who has joined Redbridge LBC.


Sarah Lamy, assistant director for economy, tourism and planning at Eastbourne BC, is joining the South East England Development Agency as head of business support. Ms Lamy joined Eastbourne in 2006, and has worked on many projects including the town centre regeneration.


Paul Bridge has started work as chief executive of Homes for Haringey, the arm’s-length management organisation. He was previously director of community subsidiaries at Hyde Group.

Cultural services

Swindon BC’s new head of culture is Helen Miah. She was previously head of arts services. The new role incorporates the arts services and heritage posts. Ms Miah joined the council in 2003 as strategic arts and community officer. She has also held a number of positions in schools, colleges and the education department in Swindon.


Steve Palmer, head of ICT at Hillingdon LBC, has been named Public Sector Innovator of the Year at the UK Technology Innovation & Growth Awards.


The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has made a number of appointments to his senior team: Richard Barnes (Con) assembly member, has been appointed deputy mayor; Bexley LBC leader Ian Clement (Con) is deputy mayor, government relations; Kit Malthouse, assembly member becomes deputy mayor, policing; Sir Simon Milton (Con) is senior adviser, planning. He was leader of Westminster City Council. Ray Lewis is deputy mayor for young people. He was director of EastSide Young Leaders Academy.

Mike Taylor has moved from Tribal Interim Resourcing to become a director of Your Choice Interims. Mr Taylor has worked in local government and is a former director of social services in a London borough. He then held two director level posts in UK Children’s Charities and has completed interim management assignments in government and not-for-profit agencies.

Drivers Jonas has announced the appointment of Simon Bedford in the newly created role of head of economic development. Mr Bedford was previously managing director of EKOS Consulting.

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