Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures…
Frances Craven has been appointed as the chief executive of Sandwell Children’s Trust. Ms Craven joins the trust from Leicester City Council, where she has been strategic director for children’s services since October 2014. The government ordered Sandwell to create an independent trust to run children’s social care services in October last year. Ms Craven will officially start her role in late February 2018.
Southwark LBC has appointed a new strategic director of housing and modernisation. Michael Scorer, who is currently director of housing services at Hackney LBC, will join Southwark in February. He replaces Gerri Scott, who is leaving at Christmas.
Jon Shortland has been appointed as chief officer for planning and highways at Bedford BC. Mr Shortland previously worked as an account director at service providers Ringway Jacobs and Amey, and spent nearly 20 years at Northamptonshire CC, where his roles included head of transport policy, performance and knowledge management.
Carole Taylor, the waste and recycling co-ordinator for Pendle Borough Council, is to become the 10th chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac). Ms Taylor, who has been on the executive since 2002, takes over from Newcastle-under-Lyme BC’s Head of Recycling and Fleet Services Andrew Bird, who is stepping down after four years in January.
Cheshire East Council’s chief operating officer Peter Bates has become the third senior manager to be suspended amid ongoing police investigations into the council. The council’s investigation and disciplinary committee decided on Monday to suspend Mr Bates, who was previously stripped of his 151 officer duties in May. The committee in September upheld its decision to suspend chief executive Mike Suarez and monitoring officer Bill Norman.
Derby City Council’s chief executive Paul Robinson has been chosen to become the next chief executive of Worcestershire CC. Assuming full council approves Mr Robinson’s appointment on 14 December, he will take up his new post in the spring. Mr Robinson joined Derby City Council in 2008 and became its chief executive in 2015.
Former Teignbridge DC chief executive Nicola Bulbeck has been appointed as an executive director at West Sussex CC. She will take up the post of executive director for communities and public protection in January. Ms Bulbeck left the Devon district after 11 years in June. Kim Curry, who is currently the associate lead for social care at the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, will also join West Sussex in the new year as executive director for children, adults, families, health and education.