Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
The Local Government Association has appointed Cambridgeshire CC chief Mark Lloyd as its new chief executive. Mr Lloyd will replace Carolyn Downs who will join Brent LBC as its chief executive in the autumn. It is not yet known when Mr Lloyd will officially join the LGA from Cambridgeshire where he has been chief executive since 2008. During that time he oversaw an agreement with the government for a city deal worth £500m, and also led on the development and implementation of the sector’s largest shared service, the LGSS. Before he joined Cambridgeshire, Mr Lloyd was Durham CC’s chief executive.
Councillors on Brighton & Hove City Council have appointed their executive director for environment, development and housing Geoff Raw as acting chief executive. His appointment follows the departure of Penny Thompson who left at the end of June following a change in administration after the election. LGC previously reported how she hinted problems had arisen between her and the minority Labour leadership. A recruitment process for a permanent replacement for Ms Thompson will start at the beginning of September. Arrangements to cover Mr Raw’s executive director duties are to be organised as an “acting up opportunity”, the council said.
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Bolsover and North East Derbyshire DCs have appointed Daniel Swaine as the new joint chief executive. Mr Swaine is currently deputy chief executive officer (operations and corporate governance), as well as the monitoring officer, at Rushcliffe BC. He will succeed Wes Lumley who had previously announced his intention to retire after 11 years as Bolsover’s chief executive, four of which have been in a shared capacity with North East Derbyshire. A start date for Mr Swaine has yet to be agreed, but it is “likely” to be in the autumn, a statement said.
East Hertfordshire DC’s new chief executive is Liz Watts. Currently director at Forest Heath DC and St Edmundsbury BC in a shared role she has held since 2012, Ms Watts spent four years before that as St Edmundsbury’s chief finance officer. Between 2002 and 2008 Ms Watts was based in Sarajevo, Bosnia, working as deputy director of resources at the Office of the High Representatives, an international organisation set up directly after the Bosnian war to cover civilian elements of the Dayton peace agreement.