Our round-up of local government’s latest appointments and departures.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has appointed a new chief executive to succeed Jo Farrar. The local authority’s strategic director for people and communities Ashley Ayre will take over from Ms Farrar, who has been appointed director general for local government and public services at the Department for Communities & Local Government. Mr Ayre joined Bath in July 2006, having previously worked for Surrey and Kent CCs and London Councils. He is expected to take over when Ms Farrar departs at the end of August.
Simon Eden, the chief executive of Winchester City Council, has announced he will be leaving the local authority after 13 years in charge. Prior to joining Winchester, Mr Eden was an executive director at Southampton City Council for four years. Before that he was a principle officer for the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme. Mr Eden will continue as chief executive until September 2016 when he will leave to take on consultancy work and non-executive directorships. Stephen Godfrey (Con), Winchester’s leader, said “no immediate decisions will be made on filling the vacancy”. Mr Eden will continue as chief executive until September 2016.
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Transport for West Midlands - the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority - has appointed Laura Shoaf as its managing director. Ms Shoaf will be responsible for delivering the combined authority’s transport strategy to develop a network that fully integrates the region’s road, rail, bus, and tram systems. She is currently strategic director of transport for the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority but the body’s powers and duties, along with those of its delivery body Centro, will be transferred to TfWM upon the official launch of the WMCA.
Birmingham City Council’s new assistant director for communications is Eleri Roberts. Currently head of campaigns (customer and digital) at Westminster City Council, Ms Roberts is also national secretary of LGcomms, the trade body representing local government communication professionals. In a career spanning more than 15 years in the sector, Ms Roberts was previously head of external communications at Essex CC. She will take up her new post later this summer.