Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures
Suffolk CC has failed to appoint a permanent successor to Deborah Cadman following a series of interviews. The council say that no candidate met the “exceptionally high standards expected for the role” following a “very thorough assessment” on 11 September. Suffolk leader Colin Noble (Con) said the outcome was “disappointing” but “the right thing to do”. He added: “We face some extremely challenging times ahead, and must have the strongest possible chief executive to help us deliver change at the scale and pace we need, but also in a way that is appropriate for our county.” Suffolk corporate director Sue Cook will continue to act as interim chief executive after the departure of Ms Cadman following her appointment as chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in July.
Barry Quirk has become permanent chief executive of Kensington & Chelsea RBC, the role he has held in an interim capacity since the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Mr Quirk’s move will bring to an end his 24-year tenure as chief executive of Lewisham LBC. He moved across to Kensington & Chelsea in June following the resignation of Nicholas Holgate, who faced criticism after widespread failings in the council’s response to help the victims of the disaster.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk DCs has appointed Jonathan Stephenson as strategic director. Mr Stephenson was previously head of commercial and client services at Enfield LBC. Sarah Willcock will fill the new post of joint assistant director: customer services after leaving Colchester BC, where she was customer operations manager. Both will start in October. Gary Fisk has been promoted to the role of assistant director: housing and started in August. The appointments complete the senior leadership team for Arthur Charvonia, who became joint chief executive of the councils in January.
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Consultancy firm Ameo has appointed two new senior leads. Oliver King specialised in social care in his previous role at recruitment company Gatenby Sanderson, while Jamie Butel has been appointed to focus on the healthcare market. Gary Browning, former executive chairman of Penna, has also joined Ameo as a strategic advisor to the board.