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People news: London chief to be replaced by borough's director

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

Michael lockwood

Michael lockwood

Michael Lockwood

Harrow LBC’s corporate director of resources Tom Whiting will replace Michael Lockwood as chief executive on an interim basis. Mr Lockwood is leaving the council in January to become director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which will replace the Independent Police Complaints Commission next year. Mr Whiting joined Harrow 12 years ago.

Allison Griffin has been appointed permanent chief executive of Sedgemoor DC. Councillors approved the appointment of Ms Griffin, who has held the position on an interim basis since the retirement of Kerry Rickards in June, at a meeting yesterday. Ms Griffin joined Sedgemoor in 1991 and has held the posts of head of finance and corporate director.

jorden steveand hosking sophie

jorden steveand hosking sophie

Steve Jordan and Sophie Hosking

One of two joint executive directors of two Devon districts will not be immediately replaced when he leaves his post early next year. Steve Jorden, executive director for strategy and commissioning at West Devon BC and South Hams DC, will become corporate director of communties and housing at Swindon BC in February. Councillors voted to offer other senior officers the opportunity to take on more responsibilities under interim arrangements until May 2019, rather than recruit a replacement for Mr Jorden. Executive director for service delivery and commercial development Sophie Hosking will replace Mr Jorden as head of paid service at both councils.

henry kippin

henry kippin

Henry Kippin

West Midlands Combined Authority has appointed Henry Kippin as director of public service reform. Mr Kippin, who previously held the post on an interim basis, has been chief executive of consultancy Collaborate since 2013. In a statement the combined authority said Mr Kippin will reform public service delivery across the region and lead on developing employment and skills, mental health, helping people with complex needs and criminal justice. WMCA chief executive Deborah Cadman said Mr Kippin’s experience will be “hugely important”. She added: “He will provide visionary, strategic leadership to reform the way public services are delivered across the region to improve the quality of life of everyone living and working here.”

WMCA has also appointed Gareth Bradford as director of housing and regeneration. Mr Bradford joins the authority from the Department of Communities & Local Government, where he was a deputy director responsible for a cross-Whitehall division responsible for regeneration and infrastructure. Mr Bradford has also previously been a Number 10 policy unit advisor.

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