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People news: Chief to retire after two decades in top job

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

Michel Saminaden

Michel Saminaden

Michel Saminaden

Welwyn Hatfield BC’s chief executive Michel Saminaden is set to retire. The council has already started its search for a replacement. Mr Saminaden has been in the role on a permanent basis since 1997 having taken up the post on an acting basis in 1996. Before that he was the council’s corporate services director. Mr Saminaden worked for Brent LBC prior to joining Welwyn Hatfield.

Delyth Curtis

Delyth Curtis

Delyth Curtis

Cheshire West & Chester Council has appointed Blackpool BC’s director of people Delyth Curtis as its deputy chief executive for people. In the role Ms Curtis will lead Cheshire West and Chester’s children and adult services. Ms Curtis has held a range of senior positions in the NHS and within health and social care roles. She will join Cheshire West and Chester Council in February 2017.

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An executive director and two heads of service are to lose their jobs at Chichester DC as part of plans to help save about £232,000. The new structure, which will come into effect from 2018, will consist of the chief executive Diane Shepherd, one executive director and five service directors. The Chichester Observer reported head of contract services Rod Darton is in the process of retiring while executive director Steve Carvell and head of community service Steve Hansford will leave their roles at the end of March 2018.

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Havering LBC’s interim director of neighbourhoods Steve Moore has been confirmed in the role on a permanent basis. It follows a year of Mr Moore overseeing the council’s housing, regeneration and economic development work as well as environmental and regulatory services. In the last 15 years Mr Moore has worked in senior management roles for Bristol City Council, Plymouth City Council, and Newham LBC.

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