Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments
Hertfordshire CC’s chief executive John Wood has announced his retirement – but he does not plan to leave until the end of March next year. After 39 years working in local government, Mr Wood will have spent the last 28 of those at Hertfordshire by the time he retires. Since joining the county council in 1991, Mr Wood has held various roles across the organisation, but became chief executive in 2012.
The managing director of the Tees Valley CA has been appointed chief executive of Cheshire West & Chester Council. Andrew Lewis is a former senior Treasury advisor and deputy chief executive at Newcastle City Council. He replaces Gerald Meehan, who is retiring. The CA has appointed Julie Gilhespie as interim managing director. She has been director of finance for both the CA and the South Tees Development Corporation since August.
Derbyshire Dales DC has appointed its new chief executive following the retirement of Dorcas Bunton. Paul Wilson joined the council straight from school as a trainee in 1994. He then became planning policy manager in 1997 and head of planning services in 2000. He was appointed director of planning and housing services in 2011 before becoming corporate director and deputy chief executive.
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Ian Duke, who has spent the last five years as head of policy and scrutiny at Hounslow LBC, will become Crawley BC’s deputy chief executive next month. Meanwhile, Simon Jones has been appointed Crawley’s head of digital and transformation and will join the council in July. He is currently head of the East Sussex Better Together digital programme and was formerly head of IT at East Sussex CC.
Zohrah Zancudi is Calderdale MBC’s new director for public services. She joined Calderdale in 2014 as head of customer services and was most recently assistant director of customer services. Sarah Richardson has replaced Ms Zancudi. Karen Lythe has been appointed to the new role of assistant director of economy, housing and investment. Ms Lythe will join the council in May, having previously been service manager for strategic housing and regeneration at Wakefield MDC.
Annie Gammon, who has been headteacher of Stoke Newington Secondary School for 10 years, has been appointed Hackney LBC’s director of education.