Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
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Enfield LBC’s executive director of health, housing and adult social care Ray James has been appointed as NHS England’s national learning disability director. Mr James, who was president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in 2015-16, is the first person to hold the newly created role and will join NHS England on a two-year secondment from 1 January. From 16 October until the end of the year he will split his time equally between NHS England and his Enfield role. A spokesperson for the council said Mr James’ responsibilities would be shared between existing senior managers, pending “a review of the council’s senior leadership management structures”. Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England and NHS England regional director for London, said: “Ray’s experience and knowledge will help ensure continuing progress across the NHS, local government and the third sector on our shared mission to drive new options for people with learning disabilities.”
Bristol City Council is planning to delete the post of chief executive and reduce the number of senior managers by seven as part of a restructure designed to save £750,000 a year. The reorganisation, which is currently being consulted on internally, follows the resignation of Anna Klonwoski last month after just seven months in the role. Mayor Marvin Rees (Lab) said: “We have developed a proposed senior management structure at strategic and service director level. In doing so, we are taking the opportunity to create a smaller team who will work with partners on delivery of our priority outcomes.”
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Dorset CC has appointed Nick Jarman as its interim director of children’s services. Sara Tough, the current corporate director for children, adults and communities, is leaving to join Norfolk CC as its executive director of children’s services. Mr Jarman has experience of interim social care roles, including at West Sussex CC and Doncaster and Wigan MBCs. The council will review and confirm the recruitment of a permanent director for children, adults and communities in the coming months. In the meantime Dorset chief executive Debbie Ward, who was formerly the council’s director of adult and community services, will assume the statutory responsibilities for adult social services.
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The West Midlands CA has appointed a director of productivity and skills to its top team. Julie Nugent joins the combined authority from Warwickshire-based Design and Technology Association where she is chief executive. Ms Nugent has experience in government and the further education sector and has led on developing new funding systems for the Skills Funding Agency and the Learning and Skills Council.
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North West Leicestershire DC has confirmed the appointment of a new strategic director of place. James Arnold, who will take up the role in January, is an architect-planner who has worked in private practice and for councils for more than 25 years, including stints at Bolsover and North East Derbyshire DCs and Sheffield and Nottingham city councils. The strategic director of place role will head up the community services and planning and regeneration departments, with a focus on the councils emerging local plan and plans to build a new leisure centre in Coalville as well as improving urban design in the district.
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Knowsley MBC has appointed a primary school head teacher as its new assistant executive director (education). Jill Albertina, who has worked as a head teacher in the borough for 11 years, will take up the newly created position in January.