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The latest moves in local government

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Legal and democratic services

Isle of Wight Council has appointed a new director of legal and democratic services. Davina Fiore joins the council from a similar position with the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority. She previously worked for Isle of Wight Council as interim legal services manager. Ms Fiore has also held senior management positions at Ealing LBC and Haringey LBC as director of legal and democratic services. She starts her new job in December.

Finance and resources

Thanet DC has made Sue McGonigal head of financial services. She joins from Kent Fire & Rescue Service. There, she first worked as a principal accountant, before being promoted to head of strategic finance, looking after the budget and corporate finance processes. Her most recent role was head of finance. Before this Ms McGonigal worked for Kent CC as an accountant.

Sarah Martin is Thanet DC’s new financial services manager. She joins from Public Sector Consultants. Before this she worked for Dover DC in internal audit and accountancy roles before being promoted to principal accountant for revenue.

Adult and community services

The new director of social services at Vale of Glamorgan Council is Paul Evans. He joins from the Care & Social Services Inspectorate Wales and starts work in January. Mr Evans’ career in social services spans nearly 35 years. Between 1996-2001, Mr Evans worked for Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC managing services for children and families. Early in his career he was the first manager of the Penygraig project, a centre that pioneered new ways of helping troubled young people.

David Cowell starts work as Hackney LBC’s new assistant director (commissioning and contracts) on 12 November. He joins from Tower Hamlets LBC, where he is commissioning manager for older people. Previously Mr Cowell has worked as a social worker in Hackney. He is also a fellow of the University of Essex where he teaches commissioning.

Pratima Solanki has joined Hackney LBC as assistant director (performance, strategy and improvement). She was previously interim director of transformation at Newham LBC, where she developed and led the implementation of a five-year multi-agency transformational change programme.


Kent CC’s corporate communications manager Gerry Moore is leaving the council after 27 years. His achievements have included leading a team which won LGC’s PR Team of the Year Award in 2003 and 2004. In 2003 he was awarded the fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations its highest honour for outstanding achievement. Before joining Kent, Mr Moore’s varied career began as a reporter at the Gravesend & Dartford Reporter. He worked for various national newspapers in a freelance capacity including the News of the World and The Financial Times, before becoming an editor of a national magazine.


Amanda Hodge has been appointed Wealden DC’s head of housing. She joins from East Sussex CC where she was strategic partnership manager.

Thanet DC has named Madeline Homer as its new landlord services manager. She joins from the Housing Corporation. Previously she was company secretary and head of legal at Town & Country Housing Group, having originally trained and practised as a barrister.

Transport and planning

Jim Stevens is the new head of transportation at Buckinghamshire CC. He was previously highway infrastructure manager. Mr Stevens began his career as a civil engineering technician. He replaces Garrett Emmerson, who has gone to work for an international transport consultancy.

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