Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Gordon Mitchell has been appointed as the permanent chief executive of Oxford City Council. Mr Mitchell took on the role on an interim basis following the departure of Peter Sloman, who left after 10 years to become chief executive of Reading BC in July. Mr Mitchell was previously chief executive at Nottingham City Council and Bracknell Forest BC, and has held interim chief executive posts at Calderdale MBC, Tewkesbury BC and Great Yarmouth BC. The appointment comes at a time Oxford is opposing a campaign for a county unitary. Mr Mitchell’s current contract will run until 2020.
Keiran Carrigan, left, and Scott Logan
Basildon BC has appointed Scott Logan to the new position of managing director. Mr Logan has been the council’s commissioning director people and place since 2012 and is joined in a “three-strong collaborative leadership team” by Kieran Carrigan, who takes on the role of corporate director. Mr Carrigan is currently Basildon’s commissioning director resources and place shaping and will retain the role of chief financial officer under the new structure. The council has now started the process of recruiting a service director to complete the leadership team. The new structure was agreed following the retirement of Bala Mahendren in July after 15 years as chief executive.
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Tim Pile has taken over from Steve Hollis as chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. Mr Pile is chief executive of marketing agency Cogent Elliot and is a non-executive director at building firm Marshalls, the greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Hollis has been the LEP’s chair since its inception in October 2010. Commenting on Mr Pile’s appointment, West Midlands CA mayor Andy Street (Con) said: “LEPs are an incredibly important part of the West Midlands Combined Authority and have a vital role to play in our region’s economic performance. I am really pleased the LEP has been able to secure a chair of the quality of Tim and I look forward to working with him.”