Our roundup of the latest local government appointments and departures
Former Cannock Chase DC chief executive Stephen Brown has been appointed director of the District Councils’ Network. Mr Brown will take up the role full time in September to replace Hinckley & Bosworth BC’s chief executive Steve Atkinson, who has served as the DCN’s director on an interim shared basis since the beginning of the year. Mr Brown, a former member of the District Chief Executives’ Network, was Cannock’s chief for 13 years before he announced his departure in February.
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A new executive director for people has been appointed at Coventry City Council. Gail Quinton, currently director of children’s services at Worcestershire CC, will join the city council in September when current executive director Brian Walsh retires. In her new role, Ms Quinton will be responsible for adult and children’s social care services, education and adult education, library services, and community safety. Ahead of beginning work at the council, the former divisional director for learning and inclusion at Bath & North East Somerset Council will be involved in the recruitment process for a new director of children’s services and adult social care as part of a senior management restructuring at Coventry City Council.
Lewisham LBC has appointed a new executive director for children and young people. Sara Williams will succeed Frankie Sulke who had previously announced she would be leaving the council. Ms Sulke will leave at the end of August after 14 years in the post. Ms Williams joined Lewisham in May as its interim head of standards and achievement. Prior to that she was operational director of early help and education at Brent LBC. Ms Williams is also a former assistant chief executive at Tower Hamlets LBC. She will take up her new role on 1 September.
The executive director for strategic commissioning at Cheshire East Council Lorraine Butcher is to leave the council as part of a review of the local authority’s senior management structure. In a statement she said she had decided to “seek new challenges” after spending six years at the council. She was part of the leadership team which established the unitary authority in 2009.
Maldon DC’s group manager for strategic planning David Coleman has announced his intention to leave the local authority in the autumn. Mr Coleman’s departure comes as communities secretary Greg Clark has agreed to take a look at the council’s local development plan which had previously been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate. Prior to joining Maldon in 2010, Mr Coleman was a principal consultant at Urban Practioners.