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People news: Former district chief joins unitary

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Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures

Manjeet Gill

Manjeet Gill

Wokingham BC has appointed former West Lindsey DC boss Manjeet Gill as its new interim chief executive.

Ms Gill will take over from Andy Couldrick, who left Wokingham to become the first chief executive of the Birmingham Children’s Trust, and will start on Thursday.

In a statement issued last week after the appointment was approved by Wokingham’s personnel board on 23 August, the council said Ms Gill would serve as chief executive for “at least six months” until a permanent appointment is made.

Ms Gill said she was taking early retirement when she announced her departure from West Lindsey after seven years in July.

Following her appointment she said she had been “struck by how ambitious, collaborative and progressive” Wokingham is.

Mick Cartledge

Mick Cartledge

Mick Cartledge

Burnley BC’s chief operating officer Mick Cartledge is set to become the district council’s chief executive.

Councillors will be asked to ratify the appointment of Mr Cartledge, who is a former director of community services for Burnley, at a meeting on 6 September.

The post became vacant after Pam Smith, who was Burnley’s chief since February 2015, was appointed Stockport MBC’s chief executive in May.

A former Deloitte director has been appointed the joint finance director for the Tees Valley Combined Authority and South Tees Development Corporation.

Julie Gilhespie worked on major public-private infrastructure projects for schools and hospitals while a director in Deloitte’s national public sector infrastructure team.

julie gilhespie

julie gilhespie

Julie Gilhespie

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen (Con) said Ms Gilhespie would provide the expertise required to deliver the combined authority’s “ambitious” plans.

Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram (Lab) has appointed a Trades Union Congress official as a “fairness tsar” to provide independent advice to the combined authority.

Lynn Collins, TUC secretary for the North West, will chair the city region’s fairness and social justice advisory board.

lynne collins steve rotheram

lynne collins steve rotheram

Lynne Collins and Steve Rotheram

Ms Collins has headed up the TUC in the North West since 2013 and is the first woman to hold the position.

Southwark LBC’s strategic director of housing and modernisation Gerri Scott will leave the council at the end of the year.

Ms Scott, who has worked at Southwark since 2011, said she plans to start her own business.

Bedford BC’s head of school infrastructure and partnerships Fran Cox has been appointed the new operations director for school construction firm Sunesis.

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