Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures
Catherine Staite, director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (Inlogov) at the University of Birmingham, has been appointed to a newly created national role as a local government research facilitator. She was appointed to the 12-month part-time post by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers, the Local Government Association, and the Economic and Social Research Council. Her brief is to develop connections between academic researchers and local authorities. Ms Staite also retains her position at Inlogov.
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London Councils’ acting strategic lead on finance, performance and procurement Jon Rowney is set to leave at the end of the month to join Camden LBC as deputy director of finance. Mr Rowney started in local government in 2005 as a trainee accountant at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and joined London Councils in 2011 following six years in a range of different finance and accountancy posts across strategic financial planning, social care, housing and regeneration.
London Councils has appointed Hugh Grover as chief executive of the new London pensions collective investment vehicle, the first vehicle of its kind in the UK. Through this, the 33 London local government pension funds will be able to invest collaboratively in a range of asset classes.
Andy Jarvis has been appointed strategic director at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs. He joins from South Norfolk Council where he has been director of environment and housing for more than three years. His appointment follows the retirement of previous strategic director Tony Osmanski at the end of April after four years in the post. Mr Osmanski joined Suffolk Coastal as head of leisure and tourism in 1987.
Carmarthenshire CC’s director of environment Christina Harrhy has left her post five months after being appointed to take up a post at Caerphilly CBC as director of education and environment.