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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


Philip Dolan has been appointed chief executive of South Somerset DC. He is currently chief executive at Blaby DC, a post he has held for two years. He will take over from managing director Elaine Peters, who is taking early retirement. Mr Dolan began his local government career in 1983. He has a background in finance, performance and change management. Earlier in his career, he worked at Tewkesbury BC as a housing finance officer. He also served as assistant treasurer at Bromsgrove DC until 1996. Mr Dolan starts work in November.

Mairi McLean has been appointed chief executive of Northampton BC. She is currently chief executive of Waveney DC. She began her local government career as a trainee social worker at Enfield LBC and worked in social services for a number of county councils, before her appointment in 1999 as Waveney chief executive. Ms McLean replaces Roger Morris who has taken early retirement. He had been chief executive at Northampton since 1986.

David Whitehead has been appointed chief executive of Warrington BC on a fixed-term contract. He has been interim chief executive at the council since last October, when acting chief executive Bernice Law left to join the North West Development Agency. Mr Whitehead was previously director of social services at the council and joined Warrington seven years ago from Cheshire CC.

Ardva Boyes has been appointed corporate information and knowledge manager at Lincolnshire CC. She was previously knowledge and resources manager at the council, working closely with the health authorities. Prior to this, she was business of the year awards manager at the Prince's Trust.


Jon Thompson, director of finance and resources at North Somerset DC, is leaving the council next month to become director of finance at Ofsted. His role involves making the organisation more cost efficient and helping it to move out of London to a more regional structure. Mr Thompson joined North Somerset in 1997 as financial strategy adviser. Before this he was senior public services manager, specialising in local government, at business advisers Ernst & Young. He became head of corporate finance at the council in 2001 and then director of finance and resources the following year.


Phil Day has been appointed head of human resources for Barking & Dagenham LBC's social services department. Mr Day is a chartered member of the Institute of Personal Development. He has over 20 years' human resources management experience in the health and local government sectors.


Jane Wood has been appointed head of adult services at Hillingdon LBC. She is currently strategic commissioning manager for Slough BC social services and primary care trust. Prior to this, she was operations manager for learning disability, mental health and home care with the council. Ms Wood began her career in the early1980s at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, before working for Berkshire CC social services division. She starts work in the autumn.

Phillip Sharpe has been appointed head of older people's services at Hillingdon LBC. He is currently head of assessment and care management for older people and adults with a disability at Hackney LBC. Mr Sharpe joined Newham LBC as a social worker in 1980 before moving to management posts at London boroughs including Southwark, Kensington & Chelsea and Ealing. He starts work in the autumn.


Keith Woods has been appointed deputy to the director of children's services at Northumberland CC Families and Children's Trust. He will be responsible for raising achievement and securing high-level educational expertise for the future development of the trust. Mr Woods has worked for the council the past 10 months as head of the school improvement division, on secondment from Gateshead MBC.


Tony Rich, programme manager at the Local Government Association's economic and environmental policy division, will join the Greater London Authority on a 12-month secondment. He will be the GLA's economic development performance manager.


Pauline Scott-Garrett has been appointed assistant director, heritage, at Brighton & Hove City Council. She is currently interim renaissance manager at Medway Council, where she is setting up a regeneration delivery unit. Her new role includes responsibility for Brighton Royal Pavilion and the city's libraries and museums. Ms Scott-Garrett also advises the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment, on art in the built environment. She starts work in the autumn and replaces Jessica Rutherford.

Aidan Manley has been appointed head of regeneration at St Helens MBC. He is currently area manager for Merseyside at the North West Development Agency. He has also held senior positions with English Partnerships and English Estates and has worked in the private sector. His appointment comes as the council starts a£100m leisure, casino, hotel and restaurant complex and a new rugby stadium. Mr Manley replaces Marc Cole who left the council after three years to take up the post of director of operations for Bradford Centre Urban Regeneration Company.

Brian Sandom has been appointed corporate director for environment at Milton Keynes Council. He was previously acting strategic director for the environment at the council. Mr Sandom joined Milton Keynes in 1999 as head of service responsible for direct service organisation.

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