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Janet Barber seeks out the latest management moves in local government ...
Janet Barber seeks out the latest management moves in local government


Andrew Webb has been appointed director of social services with Stockport MBC. He spends two days a week as county manager for children's services with Cheshire CC, and is on secondment to the Department for Education & Skills for three days a week as an adviser to the change programme required to implement the government's green paper, Every child matters. He began in local government as a social work assistant with St Helen's MBC and moved to Cheshire in 1989, becoming principal officer (children) in 1992. He joined Knowsley MBC as assistant director (children) in 1994 and returned to Cheshire three years later.

Dick Wilkinson, chief executive of Bedfordshire CC, is to retire in November. Mr Wilkinson was articled with Luton BC in 1969 and worked as assistant solicitor with Luton before joining Bedfordshire as a solicitor in 1973. He was appointed assistant county secretary with the county council, then county secretary, and became director of business services in 1993.

Trevor Clifton, head of service for performance and improvement with Kerrier DC, has been appointed strategic director (internal) at Kerrier, to succeed David Sillifant, who was appointed strategic director (external) with the council.

Kevin Lavery, chairman and previously chief executive of Agilisys, has been appointed managing director of Enterprise public services division. Dr Lavery has worked in senior posts in local government, including as chief executive of Newcastle upon Tyne City Council and as a senior manager with Price Waterhouse.

Jo Turton, a performance specialist with the Audit Commission, has joined Shropshire CC as head of the chief executive's office. She previously worked in the corporate policy unit at Liverpool City Council and as a housing information officer with Manchester City Council.

Lesley Waller has been offered the post of corporate director of services with Bromsgrove DC. She is currently head o f community initiatives with Salisbury DC.

Leon Kaye, assistant town clerk and head of scrutiny with Kensington & Chelsea LBC, will be retiring at the end of May. He entered local government in 1963 under a graduate entry scheme, and later worked for the Greater London Council, Redbridge LBC and Greenwich LBC. He has been with Kensington & Chelsea since 1979.

Fiona Tomlinson has been appointed strategic partnership co-ordinator with Warwickshire CC. She is currently undertaking best value work with Warwickshire Police Authority and will take up her new post at the end of March.


Brian Deadman has been appointed head of financial operations with Northamptonshire CC. He previously worked with a charity.


John Cawston, who retired as head of legal services with Enfield LBC, has been appointed interim head of civic, democratic and legal services with City of York Council. He has been involved in consultancy work since 2001.

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Denise Keates, head of human resources with Warwickshire CC, has been appointed head of personnel and staff development with Kingston upon Hull City Council. She will take up her post on 15 March.


Glen Mason, director for the East Midlands at the Social Services Inspectorate, has been appointed director of social care, housing and health with Wolverhampton City Council. He was previously assistant director with Manchester City Council, and from 1996-68 was assistant director for children's services with Wolverhampton.

Peter Loose has been appointed head of adult care services with Buckinghamshire CC, taking over from acting head Rita Lally. Mr Loose joins the council from Hertfordshire.


Tony Smith, interim director since September, has been appointed director of learning and cultural services with Torbay Council. He is former director of education, arts and libraries with Devon CC


Tom Mitchell has been appointed to the new p ost of development manager with Bury MBC. He is a chartered town planner and has worked in planning, and development control and policy with Oldham MBC, Bolton MBC and Salford City Council.


Lesley Barakchizadeh, business manager with North Wiltshire DC, has been appointed director of environmental services with Wealden DC. She was previously executive manager, sustainable development, with Gloucester City Council.

Helen Oakley has been appointed director of community with Macclesfield BC. She joins the council from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Peter Liversidge, leisure services manager with Lincoln City Council, has been appointed interim head of community services with the council.

John Flaherty has been appointed assistant director - building services (facilities management) with Knowsley MBC. He was previously acting assistant director - education in the council's education and lifelong learning department.


Susan Wear has been appointed head of corporate communications with Sunderland City Council, in a new post. She is currently head of corporate affairs with the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. She was formerly a senior journalist in the north east region. She won the Institute of Public Relations Communicator of the Year title in 2002.

Matt Beer, employee communications adviser with City of York Council, has been appointed head of marketing and communications with the authority. He was previously deputy head of communications with the Funding Agency for Schools, which was abolished in 1999. Before he worked in public relations in the charity sector.


David Bryant, former director of leisure and city librarian with Westminster City Council, and more recently chairman of Contemporary Leisure, has died following an illness. He had an extensive local government career, including as director of recreation and the arts with Leicester City Council and director of recreational services with Kingston upon Hull City Council.

Peter McCann, a former lord provost of Glasgow, has died aged 79. He was the first lord provost of Glasgow in 1975, following local government reorganisation in Scotland, and held the post until 1967. He was first elected to the former Glasgow Corporation in 1967.

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