Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.
Patrick Melia has been appointed chief executive at Sunderland City Council, replacing Irene Lucas who has held the role on an interim basis since 2016. Mr Melia has been North Tyneside Council’s chief executive since 2013 and has previously been a corporate director at South Tyneside Council and held senior posts at Durham Police and the probation service.
Mike O’Donnell has joined the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy as associate director of local government. In December Mr O’Donnell stepped down from being executive director corporate services at Camden LBC after 12 years, the last nine months of which he was also Birmingham City Council’s interim chief financial officer.
Former Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers has joined States of Jersey as interim director general for its new department for children, young people, education and skills. Mr Rogers left Birmingham in February.
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Jon Stonehouse is to become strategic director of children’s services at Rotherham MBC. He is currently corporate director of children, education and communities at City of York Council, and was previously deputy director of children’s services at Salford City Council.
Manchester City Council’s new director of housing and residential growth will be Jon Sawyer, who joins from property developer Igloo where he was head of custom build housing. Mr Sawyer succeeds Paul Beardmore, who retired earlier this year. Mr Sawyer will also be chief executive of Manchester Place, a partnership between the government and the council to increase the supply of new homes in the city.
Birmingham Children’s Trust has named Jenny Turnross as director of practice. The trust is owned by Birmingham City Council but runs independently. She has been a senior inspector for Ofsted and has served in local authority assistant director and head of service roles.
The National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations, has named Kate Henderson as its new chief executive. She is at present chief executive at the Town & Country Planning Association and will succeed David Orr, who retires in September after 12 years in the role.
England’s former children’s commissioner Maggie Atkinson has become chair of North Yorkshire CC’s safeguarding children board.