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Andrea Hill will be the new chief executive of Suffolk CC. She is currently chief executive at Bedfordshire CC. Ms Hill has led Bedfordshire since 2004, taking it from zero to three-star rating. Ms Hill has over 20 years’ experience of local government. Previous roles include: chief executive of Colchester BC; deputy chief executive of North Hertfordshire DC and assistant chief executive of Cambridge City Council. Ms Hill will replace Mike More, who is joining Westminster City Council in April.
John Mothersole has been appointed interim chief executive at Sheffield City Council. He is currently executive director for development, environment, and leisure, a position he has held since January 1998. Mr Mothersole replaces Sir Bob Kerslake.

John Dubber is the new strategic director at Warwick DC overseeing ICT, customer service, organisational & performance improvement and partnerships. He is currently head of policy and communications at Fenland DC and is responsible for policy development, performance, partnerships and communications teams. Mr Dubber starts work on 19 May.

Finance and resources

Lynn Brown, executive director of financial services at Glasgow City Council, has scooped the Finance Director of the Year award, in the public/not-for-profit sector. Established in 1992, the awards honour the outstanding contribution made by finance directors to the success of their organisations.

Adult and community services

Islington LBC’s new director of housing and adult social services is Sean McLaughlin. He joined the council in 1998 as assistant director in the former housing department and has since been part of the senior management team in the housing and adult social services directorate. Mr McLaughlin will replace Gwen Ovshinsky who retires in the spring after six years in post.

Iain MacBeath has been appointed director for performance and business support in adult care services at Hertfordshire CC. He joins from Barnet LBC, where for the last three years he was responsible for overseeing performance and information, business systems, welfare rights, communications and complaints, and led on departmental case management and finance systems in adult social services.

Mark Lobban has been promoted to assistant director for community commissioning at Hertfordshire CC. He was previously head of strategic commissioning. Mr Lobban joined the council in 1999 as a contract manager after roles at Newport City Council, Redbridge LBC and Hackney LBC.

Social care and health

East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership has appointed Lynda Hamilton as its new head of service for planning and health improvement. Ms Hamilton is currently head of planning & health improvement with East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership. Previous roles include assistant director of human resources and general manager for child health, medicine and child & family psychiatry for Yorkhill NHS Trust. She replaces Julie Murray, who is now director.

Human resources

Ian McCrory, a lead officer in Fife Council’s development services department, has been elected chairperson of the representative body for training providers, the Support Training Action Group. In his current role at Fife he is responsible for the delivery of the Get Ready for Work programme, which enhances the employability of young people aged 16-18.


Sunderland City Council’s new head of strategic economic development is Vince Taylor. He ran his own regeneration consultancy before joining the council and is a former director of the Sheffield First Partnership that helped attract 30,000 new jobs to Sheffield between 1998 and 2005.

Investment banker James Brent has been appointed chairman of the new Plymouth City Development Company (CDC). He is currently global head of Citigroup’s real estate and lodging investment banking business. Paul Carroll has been appointed chief executive. He joins from leading the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority in Virginia, USA. CDC is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, the South West of England Regional Development Agency and English Partnerships.

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