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Staffordshire CC has made Ron Hilton chief executive. He joined the council six years ago as the corporate director for development services and was then promoted to deputy chief executive. Mr Hilton's previous roles in local government include deputy chief executive at Stockport MBC and director at Worcester City Council.

Stephen Ewbank, chief executive of Ellesmere Port & Neston BC for the past 23 years, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of October. He used to be director of legal and administrative services atWyre ForestDC. Mr Ewbank's
local government career has spanned 42 years, starting out with articles of clerkship at Lancaster City Council.

ChorleyBChas made its director of regeneration Jane Meek the new corporate director (business) for the council's new customer-focused management structure.

Finance and resources

Sarah Selvanathan has joined Elmbridge BC as strategic director of resources, responsible for finance, audit, ICT, property and legal services. Before this she was director of corporate finance and audit at EalingLBC. Ms Selvanathan has also worked as director of finance operations at GlaxoSmithKline.

David Howells, director of corporate services for Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority has been appointed the first ever chairman of Fire & Rescue Authorities Mutual Limited, a company created by Fire & Rescue Authorities to serve their insurance needs.

Human resources

The new interim head of HR at MertonLBCis Dean Shoesmith. The post is part of a shared service arrangement with SuttonLBC, where he is also leading the HR function.

Children's services

Darlington BC has made a number of appointments in children's services. Sarah Thompson is the new manager of the governor development unit and Julia McCabe, Allan Millar and Phil Monk have joined the school planning and assets team.

Jill Bennett, head of the education social welfare service at Wirral MBC, has retired after 27 years' service. She began working for the council as a peripatetic drama teacher in Claremount and Meadowside Special Schools in 1980 and was appointed to her current role in 2002.

East Lindsey DC has appointed Kate Maher to create play opportunities in rural and isolated communities. The move is part of the East Lindsey's drive to encourage young people to become more active. Ms Maher is developing a programme of activities for 36 villages across the district.

Adult and community services

John Webb has been made director of adult social services at Wirral MBC. He joined the council from Halton BC three years ago and is currently head of service, referral, assessment and care management. Mr Webb replaces Kevin Miller, who joined the council 10 years ago, initially as director of social services.


Bradford CityMDC's new strategic director for regeneration is Barra Mac Ruairi. He is currently head of renaissance towns and cities at Yorkshire Forward. He takes up his new role in the new year.

Environment and livability

Sue Harris has been named head of street scene and waste at MertonLBC. She joins from Richmond upon ThamesLBCwhere she is head of street scene. Ms Harris starts work in November.


Thanet DC has appointed Madeline Homer as its new landlord services manager. She joins from the Housing Corporation. Before this she was company secretary and head of legal at Town & Country Housing Group, having originally trained and practised as a barrister.

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