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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


Gordon Mitchell, chief executive of Bracknell Forest BC since 1997, has been appointed chief executive of Nottingham City Council (LGC, 6 December). Before joining Bracknell Forest, Mr Mitchell was head of policy and corporate relations at Newport CBC, now Newport City Council. Educated at Edinburgh University, Newcastle upon Tyne University and Bristol Business School, in his early career he was a research psychologist in Scotland, followed by a number of campaigning and project development roles with national voluntary organisations in London, working on issues such as special educational needs and community and economic development. He will take up his new post in the spring. Paul Snell, director of social services, will continue as acting chief executive in the interim.

David Cowan, chief executive of Winchester City Council for 22 years,

is to retire next year. Mr Cowan was articled with East Kilbride New Town Development Corporation and later became deputy town clerk of Galashiels BC. He was appointed chief executive of Ettrick and Lauderdale DC in 1974. He was an adviser to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and, since becoming Winchester chief executive, served on the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers' council.

Laura McGillivray, strategic director of community services with Dacorum BC, has been appointed deputy chief executive with City of York Council. After qualifying as a social worker at Liverpool University, she worked in local government and the private sector in Milton Keynes, London and Liverpool. She will take up her appointment in the new year.

Terry Rich has been appointed director of social services and housing with Bromley LBC. He is director of social services and housing at Reading BC. Mr Rich began as a trainee social worker with Essex CC and studied

for a master's degree in social housing policy and worked in the voluntary sector. In the 1980s and1990s he held posts in housing and social services with Islington LBC, becoming head of community care commissioning

in 1997. He was appointed assistant director of social services and head

of community care with Southwark LBC in 1998 and took up his present post last year. Bob Ward has been interim director at Bromley since May.

Michelle Groves has been appointed head of legal and asset management with Corby BC, among five new heads of service appointed mainly in internal moves. Anthony Curran has been appointed head of housing services and Norman Strachan has been appointed head of planning and regeneration, Timothy Marron has been appointed head of performance management, e-government and scrutiny and Carl Rimmer has been appointed head of street scene and technical. Peter Griggs has been appointed head of resources and customer services and Chris Stephension has been appointed head of service, culture and community. Gary Moss is interim head of financial services.

John Armstrong, a customer services development officer with Havering LBC, has been appointed head of customer relations with Northampton BC. His career began with Hampshire and Cornwall county libraries in the 1970s, then worked with the British Council, mainly in Africa and later in South Africa on local government transformation projects.

Andy Murphy has been appointed assistant director of resources with the environment and conservation department at Islington LBC. He was previously head of resources with the leisure and community services department at Camden LBC and has worked with Hackney LBC.

John Davies has been appointed senior procurement manager for the Welsh Local Government Association. He previously directed strategic procurement with a number of private sector multinational companies.

Lisa Wilson, previously working with Essex CC corporate services

co-ordinating the collection of performance data for the best value performance plan, and Stephanie Holt, previously with the Legal Services Commission, most recently as an auditor of public funding contracts, have been appointed cabinet support officers with Essex CC.

Julia Morrison, senior inspector (training and development) with Gateshead MBC education department, has been appointed

head of promoting achievement with the education department

at Stockton-on-Tees BC.


Frank Newton, head of revenue services with Huntingdonshire DC, is retiring in April. He has worked in revenues with Huntingdonshire since 1974. He will continue to advise the Local Government Association on housing benefit. After beginning his career with the former West Riding of Yorkshire CC, he worked for rural district councils St Ives RDC in Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.

Julia Barber, head of revenues and benefits with Tandridge DC, has been appointed head of revenue services with Huntingdonshire DC.

Julie Penman, accountancy manager with Hinckley and Bosworth BC, has been appointed head of finance with the authority. She was previously principal accountant with Solihull MBC.

David Grieve, business development manager with the Institute of Public Finance for eight years, has been appointed development director with Services Ltd, a firm of consultants.

Brendan McCarron, a former consultant with CIPFA's Competition Advisory Service and a past chair of the British Quality Foundation's local authority special interest group, has become operations director with Services Ltd, following its amalgamation with his company, McCarron Heal.

Kris Murali has been appointed director of finance with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He was previously group finance controller with Chadwick House Group Ltd, the CIEH's trading subsidiary.


Andrew Sirett has been appointed senior commercial lawyer with Essex CC. He was previously assistant solicitor with Newham LBC. Mr Sirett began in local government with Thurrock BC as a trainee solicitor and qualified with Brentwood BC. He joined Newham after a career break and working as company secretary and solicitor with a construction company.

Suzanne O'Leary, a scrutiny officer with Camden LBC, has been appointed overview and scrutiny manager with Worcestershire CC. She previously worked for the House of Commons health select committee.


Kevin Thompson, director of housing with North Hertfordshire DC, has been appointed chief executive of North Hertfordshire Homes. The council's housing will be transferred in March.


Barry Horne, chief executive of the East Midlands Regional LGA, has been appointed director of development and environmental services with Nottingham City Council. He succeeds Jane Todd, who has become director of the Government Office for the East Midlands. Mr Horne was head of corporate development with Erewash BC, and worked in economic development with Derby City Council, as a development worker with Nottinghamshire CC and in the voluntary sector.

Send your job change news to Janet Barber.

e-mail fax 020 7347 1830

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