Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Kirklees Metropolitan Council’s chief executive Adrian Lythgo is to leave the local authority next year. Mr Lythgo, who has been Kirklees’ chief executive for more than six years, will stand down in February. He is not leaving for another role and he said Kirklees was “the only council” he wanted to be chief executive of. Deputy chief executive Jacqui Gedman is going to fill Mr Lythgo’s role on an acting basis for a 12-month period.
Bob Smith has been appointed the permanent chief executive of Chiltern and South Bucks DCs having served in the role on an acting basis since June 2015. Mr Smith, who had been a joint director of services at the two councils for three years before he stepped up to the top job, replaced Alan Goodrum when he retired. Mr Smith originally qualified as an environmental health officer in 1985. Prior to joining South Bucks DC in 2000 Mr Smith worked for Woking BC and Plymouth City Council.
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North Norfolk DC has appointed two corporate directors as joint head of paid service one month after its chief executive Sheila Oxtoby and two other senior officers left the local authority for a position at Great Yarmouth BC. The two councils had previously shared a senior management team since November 2015. Nick Baker and Steve Blatch will jointly take up the North Norfolk role. Together they have worked at the authority for a total of 35 years. Mr Blatch specialises in planning, economic development, housing and community engagement, while Mr Baker specialises in waste, environmental protection, civil contingencies and contract management.
Norfolk CC’s director of children services has left the local authority after just over a year in the role after an Ofsted inspection found service improvements to be slow. Michael Rosen said the council needed a service director with “a different skill set” in order to make the necessary improvements. Mr Rosen joined the council as an interim assistant director for early help in 2013 and became the children’s services director in September last year.