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Carol Lamb has been appointed head of policy and communication and Robin Cooper has been appointed head of strategi...
Carol Lamb has been appointed head of policy and communication and Robin Cooper has been appointed head of strategic policy with Canterbury City Council.

Ms Lamb is currently head of communications with Salford City Council.

Joyce Gainer has been appointed acting chief personnel officer with Bury MBC, to succeed Shirley Kapur, chief personnel officer, who left at the end of last year for family reasons.

Ms Gainer was previously personnel manager (personal and community services) with the council, and her post has been taken over by Colin Hyde, who has been seconded to Bury from Wigan MBC.

Richard Dennery has been appointed city centre manager for Gloucester, with Gloucester City Council. He succeeds Georgia Smith, who has moved to Worcester City Council.

David Hay, strategic support manager with Maidstone BC, is to join Barony consultants. Karen Derry and Mary Walker have been appointed by Lincolnshire CC to develop and implement two rural transport partnerships in the county; set up to access funding from the Countryside Agency for community based transport initiatives.

Partners include Lincolnshire CC, Boston BC, East Lindsey DC, North Kesteven DC, South Holland DC, South Kesteven DC, West Lindsey DC, and the Community Council of Lincolnshire.


Alan Wood, assistant director of Lambeth Education, has been appointed acting executive director of education with Lambeth LBC, following Heather Du Quesnay's appointment as acting chief executive. Mr Wood (45) joined Lambeth as assistant director in 1997.

David Tonkin has been appointed best value programme officer with Crawley BC, based in the chief executive's policy unit. He worked for many years for Barclays Bank.

Helen Kilpatrick, county treasurer with West Sussex CC, has been appointed director of resources and county treasurer with the county council, as part of a new streamlined management structure formed under chief executive Paul Rigg.

John Dixon has been appointed director of social and caring services; Richard Bunker has been appointed director of education and the arts and Ken Lloyd has been appointed director of community services.

Mike Kendall has been reappointed as county secretary and Keiran Stigant as assistant chief executive. Ms Kilpatrick began as a graduate trainee with the Greater London Council in 1982 and held a variety of finance posts with London boroughs. She became county treasurer with West Sussex in 1995, the first ever woman county treasurer in the country.

Since 1997 she has been expenditure co-ordinator on behalf of the Local Government Association.

Mr Dixon, a solicitor, began his career with Bradford City Council and worked for Nottinghamshire CC and Portsmouth City Council, where he was director of corporate services, before joining West Sussex in 1998.

After teaching, Mr Bunker took up education posts with Hillingdon LBC and Bedfordshire CC, joining West Sussex as deputy director of education in 1985.

Mr Lloyd has been county fire officer with West Sussex for 10 years. He previously served in Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and London.

Mr Stigant began as a trainee accountant with Harrow LBC and worked for East Hampshire DC before joining West Sussex in 1991.

Graham Burgess, executive director with Blackburn with Darwen BC, has additionally been appointed deputy chief executive, following the appointment of Stephen Gallagher as chief executive of Knowsley MBC.

Steve Weaver, executive director of corporate resources, has transferred to Mr Gallagher's previous post of executive director of community and personnel.

Colin Brown, director of culture, media and sport with Kingston upon Hull City Council, has been seconded as chief executive of The Deep, a new major lottery supported marine science, education, research and visitor project in Hull.

Mr Brown was previously director of leisure services with Hull.

Helen Metcalfe, economic development officer with Broxtowe BC, has been appointed assistant director of development with the council and Richard Vincent has been appointed economic development officer with Broxtowe. He was previously with Leicester City Council.

Philip Barrett, director of technical services with Oldham LBC, has been appointed executive director of the newly merged environment and transportation department. Before joining Oldham he was senior assistant director of environment with Sunderland City Council. The present director of environmental services, Les Coop, is to retire in the summer.

Mark Sanders, assistant chief executive with the council, has been appointed executive director of the new policy, performance and regeneration department.

Kristina Turner, head of personnel with Oldham, has been appointed assistant chief executive, heading up a new division in the chief executive's department, covering personnel, marketing and communications.

Jos Chabert has been elected president of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, the representative assembly of regional and local authorities.

Mr Chabert, a member of the European People's Party, is Belgian. He has been vice president of the Brussels-Capital government since 1989 and is currently minister for public works and transport.

Mark Jones, a manager with Kingston upon Hull City Council's former economic development agency, has been appointed head of economic development services with the council, which has undergone radical senior management restructuring over the past year.

Stuart Richardson has been appointed group manager (management support) with the council's regeneration and development directorate. He was manager of the training arm of Humberside Training and Enterprise Council for a number of years and most recently was culture and development manager at Hull.

David Neudegg, head of leisure services with Poole Borough & Town Council, has been appointed policy director with Salisbury DC, to succeed Kerry Rickards, who was appointed chief executive of Sedgemoor DC (LGC, 8 October).

Mr Neudegg started in local government with Gravesham BC in 1982 and moved to Poole BC in 1986. He was appointed to his present post in 1992.

He is vice chairman of the Chief Leisure Officer Associates southern branch.

He takes up his new appointment at the beginning of March.

John Ellis has been appointed interim director of education and community services with Carmarthenshire CC. Mr Ellis retired as director of education for Dyfed CC in 1996. He began his local government career with the former Swansea City Council in 1969 and was appointed assistant director of education with West Glamorgan CC in 1974 and deputy director of education with Dyfed in 1982.

He has held a number of public offices, including chairman of the Association of Welsh Directors of Education.

Norman Payne, director of housing and health with Guildford BC since 1983, is to retire in July. Mr Payne (57) began his career with Brighton BC in 1959 and after a period with Oswaldtwistle from 1965, he worked with Guildford, then Godstone in environmental health. He was appointed housing advisory manager with Portsmouth City Council in 1972 and assistant director of housing with Portsmouth in 1975.


Angela Clarke, deputy chief auditor with Southend-on-Sea BC, has been appointed chief internal auditor with Basildon DC, where following a comprehensive best value service review, it has been decided to return internal audit in house.

She will take up her new post on 27 March.


Abdus Choudhury, a barrister doing child care work with Somerset CC, has been appointed a barrister with Kent CC, to undertake child care work at the county council's legal secretariat in Canterbury.


Mandy Griffiths has been appointed head of personnel and training with Wychavon DC.


Eddie Webb, mayor of Stevenage, died on 15 February. He had been a member of Stevenage BC since 1986. He was vice-chair of the planning and engineering services committee for 10 years, and chair of the Stevenage-Ingelheim-Autun Association. He had been chair of the council's housing sub-committee for 13 years.

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