Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Planning Inspectorate chief executive Simon Ridley is set to return to the Department for Communities & Local Government as its director overseeing devolution. Mr Ridley moved to the Planning Inspectorate in April 2014 having been the DCLG’s director of local government finance since 2010.
Before that Mr Ridley had spent 13 years working for the Treasury. Mr Ridley’s new job title will be director general for decentralisation and local growth. Steve Quartermain, who is currently chief planner at the DCLG, will take over as acting chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate in the interim. Mark Southgate, who is director for major applications and plans at the Planning Inspectorate, will become chief operating officer.
Elected members at Tower Hamlets LBC are set to appoint a new chief executive on Wednesday. Bexley LBC’s chief executive Will Tuckley has been recommended for the role. Mr Tuckley has been Bexley’s chief executive since 2008. Before that he was deputy chief executive and director of the policy and corporate services department at Croydon LBC, a council he joined in 1996.
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Nottingham City Council’s corporate director for communities John Kelly is set to retire at the end August. Before joining Nottingham in 2011, Mr Kelly spent four years working as executive director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council.
He also worked for the North West Regional Development Agency and the Department for Environment and the Department for Transport. A Nottingham City Council spokesman said Mr Kelly’s post would be covered on an interim basis by strategic director Andy Vaughan until a formal appointment is made in September/October.
Swale BC has appointed a new regeneration director. Bolton MBC’s head of strategic development and regeneration Kathryn Carr will take over from Pete Raine when he retires at the end of October, having spent six years in the role. Before that Mr Raine was Kent CC’s director of strategic planning. Ms Carr has been at Bolton since 2008. Beofre that she worked in regeneration for Manchester City Council. Although Ms Carr is not due to formally begin her role until November, a statement from Swale said she would be spending time at the council in the coming months to “ensure a smooth transition”.
Former Local Government Association chair Sir Merrick Cockell has been appointed chair of the London Pensions Fund Authority. Sir Merrick joined the LPFA board in October 2010 and he has been its deputy chair since January 2013. The promotion is the latest appointment for Sir Merrick who was named chair of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission last month. He also became chair of the UK’s first municipal bonds agency in January.