Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Public Health England director of health and wellbeing Kevin Fenton will be seconded to the same role at Southwark LBC for three years from April. Professor Fenton’s role will include that of statutory director of public health. He has worked in public health medicine for more than 20 years and is visiting professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London. Council leader Peter John (Lab) said the secondment would give Southwark “one of the country’s leading health experts helping to set our direction, and make sure everything we do promotes good health”.
Ealing LBC has appointed Ross Brown as director of finance. He was the council’s strategic finance partner for accountancy and consultancy before becoming interim finance director in May 2015. He previously led the technical finance function at City of York Council. Mr Brown’s role includes running a joint audit service with neighbouring Hounslow LBC.
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Margo Williamson has been appointed chief executive of Angus Council, succeeding Richard Stiff, who will retire on 31 May. Ms Williamson has been a strategic director with Angus since 2013, first for the people directorate and later the children and learning directorate. She was previously head of service (education) at South Ayrshire Council.
Stuart MacDonald CLES
Thinktank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), has appointed Stuart MacDonald as associate director. He joins from the Penang Institute, Malaysia, where he was head of urban studies. CLES chief executive Neil McInroy said Mr MacDonald would use his expertise in planning and urban development “to bring a new area of expertise to CLES’ work championing people and place”.