Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures
Walsall MBC has appointed a former deputy national inspector of social care inspection to improve the council’s children services, which were rated as requiring improvement by Ofsted in July. Sally Rowe will join the council as director of children’s services from Luton BC, where she is corporate director of people. Ms Rowe replaces David Haley who left the council on July 21. She said: “I believe [Walsall] staff have a strong commitment to providing quality services that focus on the needs of the child and family.”
Seona Douglas is to join Reading BC as director of adult care and health services. Ms Douglas joins Reading from Oxfordshire CC, where she was deputy director of adult social care for three years. She replaces Graham Wilkin who held the post on an interim basis and has now left the council. Ms Douglas was previously head of adult social care and health partnerships at Windsor and Maidenhead RBC for three years.
Rochdale MBC has appointed Neil Thornton as director of resources. Mr Thornton is currently director of finance and corporate business at Salford City Council, where he was responsible for a gross annual budget of £750m. His previous roles include chief finance officer at North East Lincolnshire Council, various roles at Barnsley MBC and 12 years in the private sector with accountants KPMG and RSM Robson Rhodes.
Mel Pickup has been appointed leader of Cheshire and Merseyside sustainability and transformation partnership. Ms Pickup, who is chief executive at Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust, will take on the role for an initial 12 months while continuing to lead her trust. Louise Shepherd, chief executive of Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust, stepped down after a year in the role.
Hounslow LBC’s director of regeneration, economic development and environment Brendan Walsh has been appointed as a strategic consultant at property developer Be Living. Mr Walsh, who left the council last month, played a leading role of the redevelopment of Brentford Football Club’s Griffin Park stadium and Hounslow town centre. The director role has now been deleted by the council, with responsibilities shared between remaining directors.