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Workforce: People news and moves

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

Dave Burbage

Dave Burbage

The managing director of Isle of Wight Council David Burbage has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. In a statement he said he was “happy to work flexibly” in order to ensure a smooth transition to his successor. The recruitment process for his replacement has already begun with a view to making an appointment in November. The successful candidate will be paid about £125,000 a year whereas Mr Burbage’s annual salary is £102,000.

Paul Shackley

Paul Shackley

Allerdale BC’s deputy chief executive and corporate director is set to join Wycombe DC. Paul Shackley has been appointed Wycombe’s corporate director for growth and regeneration. Mr Shackley has had a varied career. He has worked as an air traffic controller for the Royal Air Force, while he also swam for England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He served in roles relating to sport and leisure at Wakefield MDC and Sefton MBC, while he also worked as Ashfield DC’s head of health and housing. Mr Shackley replaced Ian Westgate who retired at the end of September from his role as corporate director after a 32 year career in local government, many of which were in a senior role at Wycombe DC.

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An ongoing senior management review has resulted in another officer losing their job at Mansfield DC. Corporate director for housing and environment and monitoring officer Ajman Ali will leave the council on 16 October by “mutual agreement”, a statement said. He has worked at the council for the last nine years. LGC reported last month how managing director Ruth Marlow had also left the council by “mutual agreement” after 10 years in the role. Corporate director for regeneration and regulation Bev Smith is Mansfield’s interim chief operating officer, while Meic Sullivan-Gould, who has worked for Hackney and Tower Hamlets LBCs, has been appointed interim legal monitoring officer until December. The senior management structure review is expected to be finished before Christmas, the council said.

Frances Woodhead and Judith Barnes

Frances Woodhead (left) and Judith Barnes (right)

Two former senior legal officers at councils have joined law firm Bevan Brittan as partners. In a career spanning more than 30 years in the public sector Judith Barnes has previously worked as head of legal services at Lewisham LBC and borough secretary and solicitor at Greenwich RBC. She also spent 13 years at Eversheds but has been at DAC Brachcroft for the past three years. In her new role Ms Barnes will advise on governance issues as well as alternative service delivery vehicles, shared service arrangements, income generation and commercialisation. Meanwhile, Frances Woodhead will advise on governance, strategic partnerships, collaboration agreements, education law, and shared services for education and health. She has been at Eversheds since 2010 but was director of legal services at Sheffield City Council before that.

Jonathan Swain

Jonathan Swain

Executive recruitment firm Cadence Partners has appointed Penna’s director of public sector practice Jonathan Swain as a new partner. Prior to his career in executive recruitment, Mr Swain was head of local government delivery at the Audit Commission. Before that he worked at the Cabinet Office as deputy director of the performance partnerships directorate. He also has spent 15 years in senior roles at five London borough councils.

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