LGC’s round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
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Former Worcestershire CC chief executive Trish Haines has been appointed as independent complaints reviewer by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
Her role will be to ensure that the body’s handling of complaints is fair and transparent to all concerned.
She has also served as chief executive at Reading BC and began her career in social care. Since retiring from Worcestershire in 2014, Ms Haines has held non-executive roles in the NHS and the charity Age UK.
Croydon LBC has appointed Richard Simpson as executive director of resources, following a six-month stint during which he filled the role in an acting capacity. He was previously Croydon’s assistant chief executive for corporate resources.
Mr Simpson joined Croydon’s finance department in 2006 from Lambeth LBC, and has worked in a number of financial roles including serving as the council’s section 151 officer.
Mid Devon DC has appointed Andrew Jarrett as director of finance, assets and resources. He was previously its head of finance.
It has also named Jill May as director of corporate affairs and business transformation. She was formerly head of human resources and development.
The roles were created during a wider reorganisation by incoming chief executive Stephen Walford and a further new role of director of operations will be advertised shortly.
A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations has been created to seek to ensure a sustainable workforce supply as British withdrawal from the European Union casts doubt over the right of nationals of other member states to work here.
The Cavendish Coalition will lobby on issues that affect the social care and health workforce.
Members include Association of Directors of Adult Social Services vice president Margaret Willcox, and Unison’s head of health Christina McAnea.
West Midlands Combined Authority has appointed Alejandro Moreno as director of the Midland Metro Alliance, the body that is overseeing construction of four tram extensions to the Midlands Metro system over the coming decade.
Mr Moreno moves form Colas Rail, where he was managing director for Scandinavia. He was previously general manager for Spain’s Tranvia de Zaragoza.
The alliance comprises the combined authority, Colas, civil engineering firms Barhale and Thomas Vale and design frim Actus Management Group.
The first new route, from Birmingham’s New Street Station to Centenary Square, is expected to start running in 2019.