LGC’s round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Sir Howard Bernstein
Source: Neil O’Connor
Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, is to retire next spring after almost 20 years in the role. Sir Howard joined Manchester as a junior clerk in 1971, and rose to chief executive in 1998. During his time in charge Sir Howard played a central role in the regeneration and economic growth of the city centre in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bombing, secured Manchester’s hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, oversaw the establishment of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011 and was a key player in securing the region’s devolution deals. A special meeting of the council’s personnel committee will be convened shortly to begin the process of recruiting the next chief executive.
Dr Tony Hill
After a career spanning almost 30 years, Lincolnshire CC’s director of public health Tony Hill is retiring later next month. A former hospital doctor and general practitioner trained in Dundee, Dr Hill became a public health consultant with Somerset Health Authority in 1987. He was director of public health at South Humber Health Authority from 1996 until 2002, when he went on to become director of public health for both North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust until March 2007. After that Dr Hill became executive director of public health for the NHS and North East Lincolnshire Council. He started his current role in 2013. An interim Director of Public Health will be recruited prior to Dr Hill’s departure before a full-time appointment is made.
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Corporate director of resources at Worcester City Council Lesley Meagher is leaving the local authority next month to go on a “career break”. Ms Meagher, who joined Worcester in December 2007 as finance manager, said she was moving to Abergavenny, Wales, to spend more time with family and friends. Ms Meagher became the city’s chief finance officer in 2011 and was promoted to her current role in 2013. She started her career as a trainee accountant in the NHS and she worked for Camden & Islington Community NHS Trust and Newham Community NHS Trust where she was appointed as deputy finance director. Ms Meagher also worked in the higher education sector as Brunel University’s head of financial services and Middlesex University’s deputy director of finance.
Martyn Wallace, Lorraine McMillan, Colin Birchenall
Scottish Local Government Digital Transformation, a body aimed at driving digital transformation across 27 Scottish councils, has appointed Martyn Wallace as its new chief digital officer. He has joined from Capita’s secure digital solutions sector while he has also worked for Telefonica O2. Meanwhile, the Scottish Local Government Digital Transformation office has also appointed Colin Birchenall as its chief technology officer. Previously at Serco where he led on the ICT strategy for Glasgow City Council within its ICT and property joint venture, Mr Birchenall is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and he has more than 20 years experience of working in the industry.