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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


Ian Stewart, chief executive of City of Bradford MDC, has been appointed chief executive of Cambridgeshire CC, to succeed Alan Barnish, who is retiring. Mr Stewart was director general of the Benefits Fraud Inspectorate with the Department of Social Security before joining Bradford in his present post in 1999. Between 1967-90 he combined his career in the DSS with being a professional footballer and managing football club teams in Scotland, including Dundee United, Greenock Morton and Montrose.

Douglas Patterson, chief executive of Harlow BC, has been appointed chief executive of Wokingham DC, to succeed Jane Earl, who has been appointed director of the new Assets Recovery Agency. Mr Patterson joined Harlow from Chester-le-Street DC, where he was director of community services. Previously he was director of health and recreation with Reigate and Banstead BC from 1993. He began his career as a PE teacher with Strathclyde RC and held sports coaching and management posts with East Kilbride DC, Renfrew DC and Ashford DC.

Mike Hunter has been appointed deputy chief executive, performance and Simon Driver has been appointed deputy chief executive, governance with North Lincolnshire Council, in a new top tier of management under chief executive, Michael Garnet. Mr Hunter, previously director of housing and social services, has been leading the change management team over the past few months and Mr Driver was previously director of corporate affairs with the council.

Jonathan Flowers has been appointed strategic director for resources/deputy chief executive with Bedfordshire CC. He is currently director of culture change with Lambeth LBC. Previously he held a number of senior management positions with NatWest.

Mike Chambers, chief executive of Hyndburn BC, has been

appointed deputy chief executive of Oldham MBC, just as the council appoints three new executive directors. John Bird, assistant director ( development and planning) with Birmingham City Council, has been appointed executive director, regeneration at Oldham; Tom Flanagan, assistant executive director, regeneration services, with Liverpool City Council, has been appointed executive director, environmental services, and Veronica Jackson, assistant executive director of supported living with Liverpool, has been appointed executive director, social services.

A final post in the senior management team at Oldham is now being


Vivienne Sugar, until last year chief executive of City & County of Swansea Council, has been appointed chief of the Welsh Consumer Council (LGC, 4 April). In recent months she has worked as a local government and management consultant and served as a member of the Richards Commission reviewing the powers and electoral arrangements of the Welsh Assembly. She is currently working for the ODPM on improving council services. In her local government career she worked in housing posts with Newport BC and Cardiff City Council, where she became director of housing. She has been chief executive adviser to the Welsh Local Government Association since 1996.

Sarah McClinton has been appointed assistant director for community care with Hammersmith & Fulham LBC. She took on the role as acting assistant director last summer before going on maternity leave, and will be returning to work this summer.

John Palmer has been appointed head of corporate strategy

and communications/assistant chief executive with Monmouthshire CC. Most recently he has been on secondment from Hertfordshire CC to the Cabinet Office.


Julie Parker, assistant director of resources

(corporate finance) with Enfield LBC, has been appointed chief finance officer with Barking & Dagenham LBC from May. She began in local government finance as a graduate trainee accountant with Chelmsford BC and became chief accountant with Southend-on-Sea BC in 1988, rising to assistant borough treasurer (customer services), running the re venues and benefits service. During her time with Southend she played a key role in introducing the verification framework for preventing benefit fraud and also led the authority in a pilot One Service project, which involved combining the employment service, Benefits Agency and the benefit sections of five councils in a single

front-line unit.

Barry Powell, assistant director with Birmingham City Council, has retired. He joined the city council in 1960 and worked in revenues. In 1989 he was appointed chief revenues officer at Birmingham. He is now working with Equita in a customer liaison role.


Andrew Smith, legal services manager with Mid Suffolk DC, has been appointed head of legal services and monitoring officer with Castle Point BC. He started his career as a trainee solicitor with Southend-on-Sea BC, and worked for Redbridge LBC before joining Basildon DC as senior solicitor.

Simon Young has been appointed legal services manager with Eden DC. He was previously assistant solicitor with North Tyneside MBC, where he began as a legal assistant in 1997.

Josephine Kinghan-Slater has been appointed senior legal officer (planning and highways) and Patricia Hannan has been appointed senior legal officer (child care) with Kirklees MBC. Ms Kinghan-Slater is currently with Leeds City Council and Ms Hannan is currently with Sheffield City Council.


Cara Davani has been appointed director of human resources with Tower Hamlets LBC. She was previously director of human resources with Suffolk College.


Karen Stone, head of environmental health and economic development with Rugby BC, has been appointed director of housing and environmental health with the council, to succeed Tom Cudlip, who has retired. Mrs Stone has spent all her local government career with Rugby, originally as an environmental health trainee and working since in environmental health posts.

Harry Seaton, director of housing services for Salford City Council, has retired. He co uld have been a professional footballer, having played for Manchester City reserves, but instead went into housing in Manchester

in 1970. He joined Salford as an assistant director in 1990 and became director in 1992.


Stephanie Light has been appointed communications and PR manager with Isle of Wight Council, following the retirement of the council's

media and PR Manager, George Chastney. Ms Light was previously communications manager with the PHA Group, an arm of Portsmouth Housing Association, and also worked in the NHS as PR manager with Southampton and South West Health Authority.

Send your job change news to Janet Barber.

e-mail fax 020 7347 1830

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