Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Jim Graham has retired as chief executive of Warwickshire CC, a post he has held since 2005. He was previously chief executive of West Berkshire Council and before that was director of social services at Plymouth City Council. He started his career at Hampshire CC in 1974. Mr Graham’s duties are now being carried out by joint managing directors David Carter and Monica Fogarty. Mr Carter was formally the county’s strategic director for resources, while Ms Fogarty was strategic director for communities. They retain their previous roles as part of the new set-up.
Hinckley & Bosworth BC has named Bill Cullen as its new chief executive, replacing Steve Atkinson who has retired. He joined the council in 2002 as head of planning and leisure and was appointed deputy chief executive in 2005. Mr Cullen began his career at Sunderland MBC and has also worked at Welwyn Hatfield BC, City of York Council and the former Mid Bedfordshire DC.
Nigel Ellis has become chief executive officer of the Local Government Ombudsman, succeeding Michael King who in January became the new ombudsman. Mr Ellis had previously been the ombudsman’s director of operations. Before that, he was in charge of national inspection and assessment at the Care Quality Commission, and was earlier head of investigations at the Healthcare Commission.
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Coventry City Council’s director of finance and executive director of resources Chris West is leaving after 32 years’ service, having overseen his tenth budget. He told colleagues: “It’s been a hard decision, but I am feeling the pace of working so intensively for so long.” He also cited ”a number of personal factors that make now the right time to leave”.
The City of London Corporation has appointed Andrew Carter as director of community and children’s services. He is currently head of children’s social care at Thurrock Council and has more than 20 years’ experience in children’s and families social work.
Inverclyde Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have appointed Louise Long as chief officer/corporate director of health and social care for Inverclyde, replacing Brian Moore who is retiring. Ms Long started her career in 1998 as a social worker in Glasgow and has since 2012 been head of children and families and chief social work officer at Argyll & Bute Council.