Our roundup of the latest local government appointments and departures
Derby City Council has appointed Paul Robinson to the role of chief executive. Mr Robinson has held the role on an acting basis since January. He took the position on when Adam Wilkinson took voluntary redundancy with a £100,000 compensation payment. A previous attempt to appoint Mr Robinson was abandoned in April when opposition parties refused to participate in the process due to short notice. Last year Mr Robinson was appointed Derby’s deputy chief executive combining that post with his role as strategic director of neighbourhoods. A senior management restructure means the responsibilities of the chief executive post now incorporates Derby’s organisation and governance directorate, previously the resources directorate.
Roger Hampson, chief executive of Redbridge LBC, is to retire. However, he will remain in post until 30 June 2016. Mr Hampson has worked in local government since 1986. Before that he was an academic economist of social policy, latterly a research fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent. He is a member of the Local Public Data Panel, a non-executive director of the Open Data Institute, and sits on the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research at London School of Economics.
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Uttlesford DC’s chief executive John Mitchell is to retire in January 2016. Mr Mitchell joined the council as head of planning and building surveying in 2001. He went on to become executive manager of development services and director of development before he was appointed chief executive in 2008 having taken on the role on an acting basis. In a career spanning 38 years in local government, Mr Mitchell also worked for Havering LBC, Essex CC, and Wokingham BC.
Jack Straw, City & County of Swansea’s chief executive, is to leave the local authority after next year’s budget has been set in May. Mr Straw has been the council’s chief executive since March 2011. Mr Straw joined Swansea in 2005 as the council’s director of social services and housing. He was appointed executive director in 2009. Mr Straw began his local government career in Nottingham and later became assistant city treasurer for the former Swansea City Council in 1989. He has also held a number of senior posts in the NHS in Wales.