Elaine Peters, managing director of South Somerset DC is to retire at the end of this year. Ms Peters joined the council in March 1999 as chief executive, having previously been the chief executive of North Dorset DC. She steered the council through a number of structural changes, including a major change in 2002 when she became managing director. She was also instrumental in forging partnerships with other leading agencies in the district and county, including the police, the health sector, the Learning & Skills Council, of which she is a member, and the business community.
Jo Miller, borough solicitor with Wirral MBC, has been appointed director of corporate and customer services with Knowsley MBC. She takes over from Janet Orchard who has been appointed chief executive of Thameside MBC. Ms Miller is currently borough solicitor at Wirral MBC. She began in local government in 1990 as a trainee solicitor at Nottingham City Council and was promoted there to senior solicitor. She then moved to Liverpool City Council as principal solicitor for housing and employment.
Elizabeth Raikes has taken up the post of chief executive at Education & Learning Wales, the region's largest education and training body. She was previously chief executive of Monmouthshire CC. She will take charge of a£500m budget responsible for planning, funding and promoting all post-16 learning, apart from higher education. The qualified chartered accountant, who entered teaching after six years in the Royal Navy, has been involved in major change-management exercises dur ing a varied public and private sector career. In addition to her teaching and council roles, she has worked with accountancy firm Ernst & Young.
Kathryn Latter has been appointed change and development manager at the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers. Ms Latter was previously business manager for business systems unit at Oxford City Council.
FINANCE AND RESOURCES
Dr Pav Ramewal has been appointed director of corporate services at Sevenoaks DC. He is currently director of resources at Rother DC. He starts 1 June. Dr Ramewell began his career with Staffordshire CC, and worked in a number of district councils in various financial capacities including deputy treasurer and chief financial officer. The newly created post at Rother has overall responsibility for the council's finances, council tax and business rates and electoral services among other things.
Julie Meakin has been appointed chief commercial services officer at Leeds City Council. An internal appointment, Ms Meakin was formerly head of transport at the council. She takes over from Phil Madden who left the council in April.
SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH
Janet Donaldson has been appointed deputy executive director of social services and health and assistant director for children's services at Oldham MBC. She is currently executive head of children's services at Barnsley MBC. She is also the head of the lead provider unit for children's services across the health and social care partnership. Ms Donaldson contributed to helping the department move from special measures to its two-star status and win its bid for pathfinder children's trust status. Ms Donaldson replaces Terry Earland, interim assistant director for children's services.
Michael Ziff has been appointed chairman of Bradford Centre Regeneration, the urban regeneration company formed by Bradford MDC and Yorkshire Forward to tackle the significant challenges facing Bradford city centre. He was previously chairman of footwe ar retailer Stylo.
ENVIRONMENT AND LIVEABILITY
Sharon Lea has been appointed assistant director, community services and policy, at Birmingham City Council following a restructure of the local services directorate. Formerly head of the benefits service, Ms Lea still retains responsibility for this role.
Derek Williams has been appointed assistant director of neighbourhood services at Barnsley MBC. He was previously head of outdoor services at the council and spent 10 years in management roles within its grounds maintenance DSO. His role includes heading up the council's neighbourhood pride and parks services, with responsibility for strategy and bringing together parks, grounds maintenance and street cleansing into a single, multifunctional service responsible for all environmental maintenance. Mr Williams has worked for Barnsley since 1978.
Dr Sandy Muirhead has been appointed head of environment at Spelthorne BC. Dr Muirhead is at the moment director of business networks at Natural Step, a charity which promotes sustainable business practices. She has also worked on urban regeneration programmes within the motor industry.
Elizabeth Kite has been appointed head of communications at Southampton City Council. At present she is head of communications at Havering LBC. She is taking over from Tim Smith who has been acting head of communications for the last 15 months. Ms Kite will be responsible for forging partnerships with key stakeholders to sell the city as a national and international centre for living, learning and inward investment.
Trudi Elliott has been appointed the first chief executive of the West Midlands Regional Assembly. At present Ms Elliot works for the ODPM as the regional director of local government practice, at the Government Office for the West Midlands. She has previously worked as a solicitor in both the public and private sectors, and was for a number of years chief executive of Bridgnorth DC. Ms Elliot serves on the West Midlands Reg ional Sports Board.