Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures
Robert Mitchell has been appointed Ashfield DC’s chief executive. Mr Mitchell, who has worked in local government for more than 15 years, was previously director of communities, planning and partnerships at Tamworth BC. He is set to take over from Philip Marshall, who was appointed Ashfield’s chief executive in 2009 and has recently retired. Mr Mitchell is expected to take up the post on 1 June. The duties of the returning officer have been handed to democracy manager David Dalby, a former Cabinet Office civil servant, in the interim.
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After 20 years in local government, East Hertfordshire DC’s chief executive George Robertson is to retire at the end of May. Mr Robertson, who joined East Hertfordshire in 2007 as director of customer and community services (a post he still holds) was promoted to chief executive in 2012. A statement from the council said the recruitment process to find a new chief executive had already begun. The statement added that the council intended to conduct interviews in June with a view to appointing Mr Robertson’s successor “as soon as possible after that”. Mr Robertson entered local government as head of central services for Broxbourne BC following 14 years at BAE Systems Commercial Aircraft. He also served five years as Broxbourne’s director of direct services operations and before that spent seven years in Three Rivers DC’s corporate development team.
Kirklees Metropolitan Council has appointed Rachel Spencer-Henshall as its new director of public health. Previously the council’s head of health improvement, Ms Spencer-Henshall has already started in her new role. Ms Spencer-Henshall’s appointment comes after her predecessor, Dr Judith Hooper, retired in November. Andrew Furber, director of public health at Wakefield MDC, carried out the statutory duties for Kirklees on an interim basis prior to Ms Spencer-Henshall’s appointment.
The Care Quality Commission has appointed a new director who will be responsible for monitoring the finances of ‘difficult-to-replace’ providers of adult social care services. Stuart Dean, a former leader of the corporate healthcare business at the Royal Bank of Scotland, is expected to take up his new role as director of corporate providers and market oversight in May. Following legislation that came into effect on 6 April, the CQC has formal powers to regularly assess the business health of providers.