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Workforce: People news and moves

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Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.

Geoff Raw

Geoff Raw

Geoff Raw has been confirmed as chief executive of Brighton & Hove City Council after five months of holding the role on an interim basis. Councillors unanimously backed the appointment at a meeting of full council on 22 October. In a statement Mr Raw said he did not “underestimate the challenges ahead” but added he was “excited and ambitious” about the city’s potential. LGC previously reported how predecessor Penny Thompson left the local authority following a change in administration after the elections in May. Mr Raw joined Brighton & Hove in November 2010. He was previously the council’s executive director of environment, development and housing. Mr Raw, a professional town planner, has also worked for Brent LBC, the Mayor for London, and the Treasury.

Sheila Oxtoby

Sheila Oxtoby

North Norfolk DC has unanimously agreed to share its chief executive Sheila Oxtoby with Great Yarmouth BC. North Norfolk’s chief finance officer Karen Sly will also take up an interim shared role between the two authorities. The decision was made at North Norfolk’s full council meeting on 21 October. The new interim arrangements will begin from 7 November and both councils said it would enable them to “test out” the approach to shared management while councillors “worked up” opportunities for sharing services. LGC previously reported how Great Yarmouth’s interim chief executive Gordon Mitchell had had his contract terminated, while section 151 officer Andy Radford had left the local authority.

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Angela Probert

Angela Probert

Birmingham City Council has appointed Angel Probert as its strategic director for change and corporate services. She will move from Nottingham City Council where she is currently strategic director for organisational transformation.

Piali DasGupta

Piali DasGupta

Meanwhile, Piali DasGupta, a senior advisor at the Local Government Association, will take up an assistant chief executive role at Birmingham on a two-year fixed term contract. The appointments are in response to a mid-year report by the independent improvement panel which expressed concerns that much-needed changes would not happen unless the city council increased its “strategic capacity”.

Andrea Fallon

Andrea Fallon

A new director of public health has been appointed at Rochdale MBC. Andrea Fallon joined the council last month after six years working for Oldham MBC as a public health consultant. A fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Ms Fallon has worked more than 16 years in public health-related roles including leading Sure Start centres, as well as various nursing roles including working as a health visitor. 

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