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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


Christine Fisher has been appointed chief executive of North West Leicestershire DC. She is currently strategic director, community services, at Dacorum BC. Ms Fisher has over 20 years' management experience. She has previously worked for Peterborough and Sunderland City Councils. Her priorities will be improving customer satisfaction levels and developing civic and community pride within the constraints of a tight budget. She takes over from Malcolm Diaper who is due to retire in the autumn. Ms Fisher is expected to start work in October.

Adrian Pritchard has been appointed chief executive of Colchester BC. Mr Pritchard is currently the council's executive director. He joined Colchester in 2001. Prior to that, he was county personnel officer for Suffolk CC. Outgoing chief executive Andrea Hill leaves the council in August to take up the position of chief executive at Bedfordshire CC.

Philip Colligan has been appointed assistant chief executive of Camden LBC, on a two-year secondment from the Home Office. Mr Colligan has over six years of Home Office experience; his previous roles include working on youth justice policy and as private secretary to the permanent secretary, John Gieve. Most recently he has been developing the new government-wide strategy on community cohesion and race equality, which will be published in the autumn.

Christine Holloway has been appointed assistant chief executive of Eastleigh BC. She is currently local director for Woking at Surrey CC. Ms Holloway will be a member of the council's management team and her responsibilities include IT services, personnel and organisational development. Ms Holloway has also worked as chief executive of the London Voluntary Service Council, and has been a director of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux. Ms Holloway starts work in August and takes over from deputy chief executive Tom Calverley.

Peter Stybelski has been appointed chief executive of Cumbria CC, subject to approval by the full council this week. Former chief executive Louis Victory took early retirement in February. Mr Stybelski is currently chief executive at Carlisle City Council. Prior to this, he worked for Bolton MBC as director of leisure services. He has also worked for Kensington and Chelsea LBC, Blackpool BC and Oxford City Council. Mr Stybelski is due to take over from interim chief executive

John Harwood in the autumn.

Caroline Tapster has been appointed chief executive of Hertfordshire CC. She has covered the post for nine months. Ms Tapster joined Hertfordshire in 1995 as assistant director, commissioning for social services. She became director of social services in 2000, where she led on the creation of a new NHS partnership trust. In 2001 she was appointed director of adult care services, when Hertfordshire social services developed into the groundbreaking children, schools and families, and adult care services departments. She has also worked at Kent CC and started her career at Dorset CC, where she trained as a social worker.

Carole Hassan, chief executive of Trafford MBC, has resigned after four years with the council. Her departure follows a change in leadership from no overall control to Conservative in the 10 June local elections.


Christina Hefferon has been appointed head of personnel and organisational development at Eastleigh BC. She is currently strategic human resources manager at Portsmouth City Council, a post she has held for five years. Ms Hefferon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and is also a qualified counsellor.


Hugh Gardner, director of social services and housing at City & County of Swansea Council, is to retire in October. He is widely acknowledged as a leading social services expert in Wales and has played a key role in shaping services across the country. Mr Gardner has advised Welsh Assembly policy makers for many years, and recently sat on the project board of the Wanless review into health and social care. Under his leadership, Swansea's social services has become one of the best performing in Wales. Mr Gardner joined the former West Glamorgan CC in 1984 and was appointed director of social services in 1996 and then director of social services and housing in 2003. He has served in several senior roles within the Association of Directors of Social Services and the Swansea Local Health Group.

Heather Wing has been appointed director of regulation at the General Social Care Council. She is currently head of business continuity and performance at the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Before this, she was the national director of adult services for the National Care Standards Commission. She starts work in October. Ms Wing is a qualified social worker and has extensive experience in social services delivery and management. She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to social services. She replaces Jane Held, who has covered the post in an interim capacity.


Peter Traves has been appointed as the corporate director for education and lifelong learning at Staffordshire CC. He is currently deputy director of education & lifelong learning at the council, with overall responsibility for raising achievement. He takes over in September from Jenny Hawkins who is retiring. Mr Traves joined the council in 2001 from a secondary school headship in Shropshire.


Jim Brooks, former chief executive of Kingston upon Hull City Council, has joined the private sector as consultant at Sector Treasury Services, which provides financial management advice to over 250 councils. Mr Brooks has also held the role of chief executive at Poole BC and city treasurer at Manchester City Council. His focus will be advising on capital finance strategy and other strategic areas.

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