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People news: Districts' joint chief confirmed

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Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.

mark stone

mark stone

Mark Stone

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse DCs have appointed Mark Stone as their permanent joint chief executive. Mr Stone has been acting chief executive for both councils since the resignation of David Hill in June last year. He has worked in local government for 20 years, including roles at Devon CC, Wiltshire Council and Enfield LBC, and has also worked in the civil service.

Lorraine Norris

Lorraine Norris

Lorraine Norris

Preston City Council’s chief executive Lorraine Norris is to step down later this year and retire. Ms Norris, who began her career as a social worker and retrained as a lawyer, joined Preston as director of corporate services in 2002. She was appointed the council’s chief executive in 2009. In a statement Ms Norris said: “After nine years as CEO at Preston City Council, I am beginning to make plans to retire later this year. Until then it is business as usual as I continue to work with colleagues, partners and our elected members to deliver the council’s services and priorities.”

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michael hudson

michael hudson

Michael Hudson

Worcestershire CC has made three senior appointments. Michael Hudson will take on the role of chief financial officer in the spring after serving as director of finance at Wiltshire Council. Andrew Spice, who is currently director of strategic commissioning and policy at Essex CC, will join Worcestershire in early May as director (commercial and commissioning). Avril Wilson has also been appointed to the role of interim director for adult services.

stephen young

stephen young

Stephen Young

Bolton MBC director of place Stephen Young is leaving the role to join Lancashire CC as director of growth, environment, transport and community services. Mr Young took on his current role in 2016 after first joining the council in 2000, returning in 2008 as an assistant director. Acting Bolton leader Linda Thomas (Lab) said: “Stephen has done some excellent work during his time with us and I wish him well with his new role.”

Kirklees MBC has appointed Karl Battersby as strategic director for economy and infrastructure. Mr Battersby has been Wigan MBC’s director of economy and environment for two years, leaving earlier this month.

Barry White has started in his new role as chief executive of the sub-national transport body Transport for the North. Previously chief executive at Scottish Futures Trust, a public infrastructure investment organisation which is part of the Scottish government, Mr White officially joined on 10 January. The body which is set to become a statutory body in April this year.

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