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People news: Ex-govt comms director joins combined authority

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

simon wren

simon wren

Simon Wren

West Midlands CA has appointed Simon Wren to its newly-created director of communications role. Mr Wren has previously held posts as director of communications at the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was also head of news at the Department for Transport and played a key role in government communications following the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2001.

lesley jeavons

lesley jeavons

Lesley Jeavons

Former nurse Lesley Jeavons has been appointed to the new post of director of integrated community services at Durham CC. Ms Jeavons will oversee a partnership developed by the council, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and the clinical commissioning groups of North Durham and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield. She is currently director of integrated care and was previously head of adult care at the council.

mark barrow

mark barrow

Mark Barrow

Shropshire Council has appointed Mark Barrow as its new director of place. Mr Barrow, who has previously been chief executive at Newcastle under Lyme BC, replaces George Candler, who left the council in April to become chief executive of Northampton BC. Mr Barrow joins Shropshire from consultancy Arcadis where he led public sector work across the Midlands and northern England. He was previously strategic director for development and culture at Birmingham City Council.

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Northampton BC has appointed its interim chief of finance and section 151 officer Stuart McGregor on a fixed term contract until December 2019 ahead of expected reorganisation in the county. Mr McGregor has filled the role on an interim basis through LGSS since February, following the resignation of Glen Hammons.

neil kennett

neil kennett

Neil Kennett

Wandsworth LBC’s longest serving member of staff is retiring. Neil Kennett joined the council in 1975 at the age of 18 as a clerical assistant and was appointed to his current role as head of electoral services in 2009.

Daniel Booth has been appointed the Border to Coast pensions partnership’s first chief investment officer. Mr Booth has 20 years’ capital markets experience across both traditional and alternative investment asset classes. He joins after an eight-year tenure at Saudi Aramco, where he was head of portfolio management, responsible for the investment of large corporate pension, insurance and endowment portfolios.

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