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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


Andrea Hill has been appointed chief executive of Bedfordshire CC. She will replace Dick Wilkinson, who is due to retire later this year. Ms Hill is currently chief executive of Colchester BC, and has been in this post since 2001. She is due to take up her new role in August. Ms Hill has 19 years' experience in local government, including 10 years at director level. Previous positions include deputy chief executive and director of central services at North Hertfordshire DC, director of policy and community development at North Hertfordshire, assistant chief executive at Cambridge City Council and head of strategy planning at Thurrock BC.

Rolf Levesley has been appointed managing director and head of paid service at South Staffordshire DC. A solicitor by profession, he was previously strategic director legal at the council, where he has worked for the last 23 years. He replaces former chief executive Les Barnfield, following a reorganisation of the corporate management of the council.

Steve Winterflood has been appointed assistant chef executive of South Staffordshire DC. He was previously head of strategic services with the council for the past four years. Prior to this he was principal policy planner at Dudley MBC. He is a town planner by profession and has worked in local government in a variety of roles since 1980, starting out in South Holland DC.

John Robb, chief executive of Basildon DC, has announced his intention to retire next March. Mr Robb has accumulated 40 years' service in local government. He began in 1965 in Liverpool City Council, rising to assistant director of housing in Walsall MBC in 1981. He joined Basildon 18 years ago and in 1995 became chief executive there. Mr Robb is also chairman of the Basildon Community Safety Partnership, a co-opted member of the Basildon Primary Care Trusts and was chairman of the East Basildon education action zone.

Wendy Marston has been appo inted head of performance and scrutiny at Shropshire CC. She was previously performance and quality officer for community and environment at the council. Ms Marston has worked in local government for the last six years. Her background is in accounts where she worked in the private sector. She takes over from Tricia Morrisson.


Mike O'Donnell has been appointed director of finance at Swindon BC. He is currently head of resource management (housing and social services) at Kensington & Chelsea LBC and takes over from Paul Blacker, acting director of finance.


Clarence Meredith has been appointed head of legal, scrutiny and democratic services in the corporate and democratic support services directorate of Powys CC. He was previously group solicitor with the council.

Dorothy Simon has been appointed head of childcare litigation at Hertfordshire CC. She will manage the unit providing legal services to the children, schools and families department as well as undertaking individual casework. She is currently working in a similar role at Essex CC. Ms Simon began her career at Tameside MBC and has also worked at Cornwall CC and Southend-on-Sea BC.

Nicola Lee has been appointed assistant solicitor

at Tamworth BC. She is currently assistant solicitor

at Shakespears, a legal firm in Birmingham. Ms Lee takes over from Carrie Dennes, who has returned

to Corby BC.


Jacquie Campbell has been appointed head of community and culture in the community services directorate of Dacorum BC. This is a new post, with a varied remit covering community involvement and cultural services including: landscape and recreation, arts and entertainment, children and young people, community involvement and voluntary support and care services. Ms Campbell's previous role was with the Audit Commission as regional service lead for cultural services, London area - policy advisor and co-ordinator for cultural services inspections in the regio n. Prior to this she was head of libraries, arts and archives at Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Andy Scate, has been appointed planning services manager at Buckinghamshire CC. He is currently forward planning manager at Aylesbury Vale DC. Jan Britton, formerly head of park services at the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, has been appointed environment services managerat Buckinghamshire CC. They both join head of service Huw Jones, formerly environment planning manager Cheshire CC, who replaced David Turner to form a new senior management team for planning and environment services.

Paul Cluett has been appointed principal consultant at Symonds Sport & Leisure Consultancy, which advises councils and primary care trusts on the funding and project management of leisure facilities. Mr Cluett has over 20 years' experience in leisure facilities operations and was previously managing director of Parkwood Leisure, which runs sports facilities on behalf of councils.


Elizabeth Kite has been appointed head of communications at Southampton City Council. Currently head of communications at Havering LBC, she takes over from Tim Smith, who has been acting head of communications for the last 15 months.


Christopher Powell has been appointed head of ICT at East Devon DC. He previously worked with Julian Hodge Bank in Cardiff and replaces Richard Pascoe, who left the council in April. He said his move to local government would enable him to work on 'real projects that affect people in real life'.


Tony Anderson has been appointed consultant with Treasury Sector Services, a company set up to advise councils in the transition to new housing regulations. Mr Anderson comes from the ODPM where he helped develop housing capital finance arrangements. This appointment completes recruitment of a management consultancy team which includes Bob Davey, former director of finance at Chichester DC and Adam Burleton from Bristol City Council.

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