Nick Johnson, acting chief executive of Bexley LBC since Chris Duffield took up his appointment as town clerk of the Corporation of London in September, has now been appointed chief executive of Bexley (LGC, 28 November). Mr Johnson joined the authority 16 years ago and was director of social services before being appointed director of social services and community. He began his career as an environmental health officer with Croydon LBC, and joined Lambeth LBC before moving into housing with Wandsworth LBC. He was deputy director of social services with Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, before moving to Bexley. He was awarded the OBE in this year's New Year Honours, and recently his department was named in the national top three by the Social Services Inspectorate.
Christopher Collison, director of operational servi ces with Mansfield DC, has been appointed deputy chief executive with the council. Following management restructuring at the council, Mr Collison's promotion and the retirement of David Yorke, director of resources, at the end of November, the director posts have now been deleted.
LAW AND SCRUTINY
Rosemary Lyon, legal manager (corporate) and deputy monitoring officer with Havering LBC, has been appointed director of legal services and monitoring officer with Chorley BC. She was articled in private practice and began in local government with Sefton MBC as assistant solicitor (child care). She became senior assistant solicitor (child care) with Knowsley MBC, then moved to East Sussex CC, initially in child care, but from 1996 in corporate solicitor posts. She joined Havering from Luton BC, where she was principal solicitor.
IT AND E-GOVERNMENT
Linda Goldsmith has been appointed IT manager with Scarborough BC. She was previously head of corporate information with Staffordshire University, following a post as an IT consultant with Telford & Wrekin Council. She began her career as a trainee analyst/programmer with South Staffordshire DC and also worked with Staffordshire CC.
Paul Tonks has been appointed public services director with Civica, the specialist software and services provider to the public sector. He has worked in the commercial sector and in local government as head of leisure and community services with Aylesbury Vale DC, head of strategy with City of St Albans DC and with Harrow LBC education department.
Jaswant (Jas) Bains, former mayor of Northampton BC, has died aged 77. Born in Punjab, India, he was elected a councillor in 1987, and was mayor in 1996-97. He stood down in May this year, but continued to serve the county council. In the 1980s he was a member of Northampton District Health Authority and was on two police consultative committees improving relations between the police and minority groups.
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