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Workforce: People news and moves

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Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures

Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr

Cornwall Council’s chief executive Andrew Kerr is to become chief executive of Edinburgh City Council.

The appointment is to be ratified by full council on 28 May. Mr Kerr was chief executive of North Tyneside, Wiltshire, and Cardiff councils before he joined Cornwall in January 2014.

A start date has yet to be confirmed. He will succeed Dame Sue Bruce who is retiring.

 

North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield is to retire after 15 years in the job.

Mr Whitefield entered local government in 1976 when he joined the former Clydesdale DC, working in internal audit, computer development and housing.

North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield

Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures

He became assistant director of housing at the former Motherwell DC in 1989 before joining North Lanarkshire as housing director in 1996.

In 2007-08 he chaired the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers in Scotland.

 

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Sharon Lea

Sharon Lea

Birmingham City Council strategic director for place Sharon Lea is to retire after a 40-year career with the council. Ms Lea has held her current post for eight years.

She has been responsible for 50 service areas with 4,000 staff and a budget of nearly £1bn a year, including housing management, highways maintenance and waste.

Her achievements have included securing Birmingham’s participation in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through provision of training camps for the American and Jamaican teams, hosting one of the UK’s largest Pride events and introducing the Birmingham Half Marathon in 2008.

Clem Smith

Clem Smith

Crawley BC has appointed Clem Smith as head of economic and environmental services. He joins from Waltham Forest LBC and has more than 20 years’ experience in economic development.

Mr Smith’s new £70,000-a-year role will also involve oversight of asset management, development control and environmental health.

Graham Jukes

Graham Jukes

Graham Jukes is to step down as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health at the end of this year, after 15 years in the role. He will become a vice-president of the institute.

Mr Jukes began his career in 1971 as an infectious disease clerk at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and later became assistant chief environmental health officer at Tower Hamlets LBC before joining the institute in 1988.

Innes Thomson has taken over as chief executive from Jean Venables at the Association of Drainage Authorities. The body represents internal drainage boards, flood control bodies and has local authorities in associate membership. Mr Thomson was previously the Environment Agency’s area flood and coastal risk manager for Yorkshire.

In other changes, the association has appointed Ian Moodie as technical manager and moved its headquarters from Surrey to the Rural Innovation Centre at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

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