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Martin Swales to replace Jo Miller as Solace president

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Martin Swales is set to become the next president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers.

Mr Swales, chief executive of South Tyneside MBC since 2010, is expected to take over from Doncaster MBC chief Jo Miller when her term of office ends on New Year’s Eve.

The South Tyneside chief is expected to be confirmed as president for the next two years at a special general meeting at the Institute of Directors on 12 December.

Solace chair and Essex CC chief Gavin Jones, who is nominating Mr Swales to the position, said: “Martin is a highly respected chief executive and I am very confident, working with his policy leads, he will continue to build on our unique policy voice, building strong and influential alliances across Whitehall, our sector and the UK.”

Mr Jones also praised Ms Miller for having “spoken up on behalf of our profession and the many communities we serve with intelligence, integrity and energy”.

He added: “It has been an honour to work so closely alongside her.”

Mr Swales is currently Solace’s housing spokesman.

Because Mr Swales was the only person to put himself forward as president when nominations were open this summer no election will be required.

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  • Best of luck to Martin in this role and good to see it going to another Northerner. I don't know why this wasn't sorted out at SOLACE Summit recently - now there is the extra cost of a special meeting. Perhaps no one wanted the job and Martin had to be "persuaded" to take it on??

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