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Suzanne Simmons-Lewis seeks out the latest management moves in local government ...
Suzanne Simmons-Lewis seeks out the latest management moves in local government


Chris Burns has been appointed assistant chief executive, customer focus & policy, at Carmarthenshire CC. He was previously head of policy at Caerphilly CBC. He is looking to develop the overall corporate policy of the council, with an emphasis on co-operation with the local community and the council's many partners. Mr Burns has worked in local government for 23 years, mostly in the economic development and regeneration field. He has also worked for Mid Glamorgan CC and Cynon Valley BC.

Gillian Barley has been appointed performance group manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. She was previously principal business development officer in the council's operational services directorate.

Brad Webster has been appointed research group manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. He was previously development and support services manager for the operational services department. He replaces Chris Barnett who has retired.


David Graaff has been appointed head of benefits service at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC. He is currently a consultant with Effective Service Provision Ltd, where he has led change management projects in a number of councils for the past two years.

Peter Gillett has been appointed head of financial services at Malvern Hills DC, with responsibility for financial management and ICT services. He was previously social services finance manager with Worcester City Council, a position he held for seven years. Mr Gillett starts work on 31 August, and replaces Kevin Dicks who has been appointed corporate director for resources with Bromsgrove DC.


James Reilly has been appointed director of community services at Hammersmith & Fulham

LBC, with responsibility for housing, adult social services, regeneration and community safety. He is currently director of social services at the council.

The appointment follows the establishment of the council's children's trust. For six years prior to becoming director, Mr Reilly held three assistant director positions each covering various aspects of community care.


Kimiyo Rickett has been appointed head of service for culture & leisure at Kirklees Metropolitan Council. She was previously head of culture & leisure services at Stafford BC. She is currently acting as manager for the British Paralympic Team, competing in the Athens Olympics. Ms Rickett has held a number of posts within leisure, recreation and tourism with various councils, including Lewisham LBC, Waltham Forest LBC, Salford City Council, Glasgow City Council and Slough BC.

Philip O'Hear has been appointed head teacher of the Capital City Academy in Brent. Mr O'Hear has been education director at Hillingdon LBC for five years. Liz Graham, former director of education at Enfield LBC,

will become interim director of education, youth and leisure at Hillingdon LBC.


Ann Woodward has been appointed head of policy & performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, following a restructure of the policy and performance division. She was previously policy development manager at the council.


Jonathan Entwistle has been appointed regeneration manager at Stevenage BC. He was previously regeneration initiatives officer at the council. Mr Entwistle will manage the regeneration team's work programme, which includes the£1bn town centre redevelopment project, economic development and external funding.

Sara Harvey has been appointed head of community regeneration at City & County of Swansea Council. She has worked for the council since 2001, heading up the European Unit. Ms Harvey previously worked for Neath Port Talbot CBC in a similar role and was seconded for three years to the Welsh Development Agency, managing a major European inter-regional project.


Donald Stavert has been appointed head of public realm at Newham LBC. He is currently head of environment at Lewisham LBC. Mr Stavert will be working to ensure frontline services are customer focused.


William Darby Partridge (1919-2004), who worked for the Association of County Councils and its predecessor the County Councils Association, for 25 years, died on 8 August. For many years he served as deputy secretary for both associations, and was closely involved in the 1974 local government reorganisation. He previously worked from 1947-49 as a solicitor with Middlesbrough Council and from 1949-55 with Nottinghamshire CC. He was awarded the OBE for his services to local government shortly before his retirement.

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