Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Cambridgeshire CC and Peterborough City Councils are set to share corporate director roles in education, community and safety, commissioning, children’s services and adult services leading to an overall saving of £1.2m. Each authority will have its own assistant director to manage day-to-day services. Proposals for sharing the posts follow the temporary appointment of Wendi Ogle-Welbourn last year to the joint role of executive director of children, family and adult services at Cambridgeshire and corporate director of people and communities at Peterborough. The two councils also share chief executive Gillian Beasley, and public health director Liz Robin.
Pat Lewis Stevenage
Stevenage BC has appointed Patrick Lewis as assistant director for regeneration. He was previously director of regeneration for the Welsh Government and led the Welsh Assembly Government’s £140m Heads of the Valleys Programme. Mr Lewis will lead work on regenerating Stevenage’s town centre, plans for which include 600 new homes and a linear park.
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Peter Bishop has joined Birmingham City Council as assistant director ICT and digital, and will also be chief information officer. He was previously director of commercial and change are Worcestershire CC, where he had worked since 2012.
The City of London Corporation has named a new executive director of Mansion House and the Central Criminal Court. Vic Annells, currently director for the Department for International Trade in Saudi Arabia, will take over the role in September. He began his career with the Post Office and later worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, serving as HM Consul General in Milan. The post involves supporting the Lord Mayor of the City of London in his role promoting UK-based financial and professional services, and management of the Old Bailey courts complex.
James Harris Newport
Newport City Council has appointed James Harris as strategic director (people) when Mike Nicholson retires from the post in July. Mr Harris has been the council’s chief education officer since 2013 and joined Newport in 2006 as head of planning and resources in education.
Greg Colgan has been appointed executive director of corporate services at Dundee City Council. He was previously head of customer services and IT and will replace Marjory Stewart who is retiring.