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People news: Chief leaves after post abolished

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

Ian Stephenson Derbyshire

Ian Stephenson Derbyshire

Ian Stephenson

Derbyshire CC chief executive Ian Stephenson has left the council after the post was abolished. A senior management review also deleted the roles of assistant chief executive and strategic director of corporate resources – held by Mags Young and Judith Greenhlagh respectively.

The scrapped posts will be replaced by a single strategic director of commissioning, communities and policy. Political control changed in Derbyshire in May when the Conservatives captured it from Labour. Mr Stephenson, who left Derbyshire on 11 August, had been chief executive for four years. He joined Derbyshire in 2007 as director of environmental services.

Simon Bovey

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

Simon Bovey

Daventry DC’s deputy chief executive Simon Bovey has been appointed Northampton BC’s interim chief following the resignation last month of David Kennedy, who had held the post for 10 years. Mr Bovey has taken the post on a six-month secondment while Northampton decides how to fill the permanent role.

Mr Kennedy’s resignation followed long-running controversy over a £10.25m loan the council made to Northampton Town Football Club, which has been criticised by auditors and is subject to a police probe. Mr Bovey is chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers in the East Midlands.

Melton BC has appointed Edd de Coverly as its new chief executive following the retirement of Lynn Aisbett last month. Mr de Coverly, who started in the role on 21 August, was previously director for place and communities at Ashfield DC. He joined the council in 2007 as head of neighbourhood services and later served as director for environment.

Keiran Carrigan, left, and Scott Logan

Keiran Carrigan, left, and Scott Logan

Kieran Carrigan, left, and Scott Logan

Basildon BC’s commissioning director for resourcing and place shaping Kieran Carrigan has been appointed the council’s interim head of paid service after a decision to abolish the post of chief executive and two other senior management roles. Mr Carrigan will jointly lead Basildon with commissioning director for people and place Scott Logan under a new structure agreed following the retirement of Bala Mahendren after 15 years as chief executive.The changes come after the previously Conservative-led council fell into no overall control in 2016 and this May switched from the cabinet to committee system.

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anne shaw and west midlands mayor andy street

Anne Shaw and West Midlands mayor Andy Street

Anne Shaw and West Midlands mayor Andy Street

Anne Shaw is to join the West Midlands Combined Authority as director of network resilience. Ms Shaw will begin the role next month after leaving Birmingham City Council, where she is currently assistant director of transport.

Stevenage BC has appointed Rob Gregory as assistant director for communities and neighbourhoods. Mr Gregory was previously group lead for neighbourhood and communities at Great Yarmouth BC. The appointment follows a review of the council’s senior management team.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Theo Blackwall as the capital’s first chief digital officer. Mr Blackwall will lead on implementing Mr Khan’s manifesto pledge to ensure technology makes public services “more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners”. Mr Blackwall joins the mayor’s team from Public Group, which advises start-up businesses on the public services market. He was previously head of policy and public affairs for the video games industry’s trade body UKie.

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