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People news: Former estates officer appointed interim chief

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

Mark Radford

Mark Radford

Mark Radford

Mark Radford has been named as the preferred candidate to be interim chief executive of Swale BC until September 2018. This is a result of the departure of Abdool Kara next month to become executive leader, local services, at the National Audit Office. Mr Radford joined Swale in 1987 as estates officer and valuer and in 1996 became director of corporate services. His current duties will be shared among other staff. Deputy leader Gerry Lewin (Con) said the interim appointment allowed the council to “reflect on the wider strategic picture facing district authorities, whilst maintaining progress”. Mr Radford’s appointment will be proposed to full council on 25 January. If agreed, he will take up the role from 1 February enabling a two-week handover period before Mr Kara leaves on 16 February. 

Sheila Norris

Sheila Norris

Sheila Norris

Buckinghamshire CC has appointed Sheila Norris as managing director for communities, health and adult social care. She is director for commissioning (integration) at Essex CC and will take up her post in March. She succeeds Trevor Boyd, who has retired. Before joining Essex, Ms Norris was assistant director of children’s services at Greenwich RBC and held senior posts at HM Treasury.

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Ruth Harrell

Ruth Harrell

Ruth Harrell

Plymouth City Council has confirmed interim director of public health Ruth Harrell in the permanent role. She has worked in Plymouth as a consultant in public health for two and a half years, leading on disease prevention and health protection, and takes over from Kelechi Nnoaham who left the council in October.

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  • To be accurate, Mr Radford's appointment will be proposed to full Council at Swale on 25 January. If agreed at full Council, he will take up the role from 1 February, allowing a period of handover before my own departure, from 16 February.

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  • David Paine

    Hi Abdool, thanks for your comment. I've updated the copy above to reflect the situation as you outlined. Apologies for any confusion caused.
    David

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