Lynda Fisher, assistant director for education and cultural services with Wokingham DC, has been appointed director for education and life-long learning with Portsmouth City Council, to replace John Gaskin, who was appointed director of life-long learning and education with Bristol City Council. Ms Fisher has worked in teaching and as a technical, vocational and education initiative co-ordinator. She was appointed head of research and planning with Staffordshire CC in 1997 and to her present post in 1999. Roy Atkinson will continue as interim director until Mrs Fisher takes up her post at the end of the year.
Alan Clarke, chief executive of Watford BC since 2000, will be leaving in January, following reorganisation of the council (LGC, 4 October). He was previously corporate director of service and organisational development with the council, joining the council from Sandwell MBC in 1996 as director of competition and quality.
John Bolton, national director for the joint review team of the Audit Commission and the Department of Health, has been appointed director of social services and housing with Coventry City Council. Stephen Pickering, general manager - environmental services with Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, has been appointed director of city services and Angela Ridgwell, director of resources with Bridgnorth DC, has been appointed director of finance and ICT.
Paul Adams, senior assistant director - social services with Norfolk CC, has been appointed director of corporate resources, to succeed Alan Tidmarsh, who has been appointed director of
e-services. Mr Adams was also director of Norfolk Health Improvement until the abolition of Norfolk health authority in March. He joined the council's business consultancy group in 1987 from Waltham Forest LBC, and moved to social services as head of strategic planning in 1993.
William Bradshaw, assistant director for capacity building with the local government division of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, has been appointed assistant chief executive with Doncaster MBC. He joined the Cabinet Office's modernising public services group on secondment before joining the ODPM's central policy group. Mr Bradshaw began his career as a research assistant with Suffolk CC, and moved to Stockport MBC's policy planning unit at in 1990. He was appointed head of policy planning with Stockport in 1995.
Diana Hamilton has been appointed group director of operations at the Novas-Ouvertures Group. She was previously head of housing and acting corporate director with Watford BC. She has worked in housing with Brent LBC, Hounslow LBC and Islington LBC.
Kenny Brown, senior personnel adviser with Scottish Borders Council, has been appointed head of human resources with Worcestershire CC, to succeed Dilys Wynn, who has been appointed head of service, strategy and standards in the HR department at Gloucestershire CC.
Sue Scrivens, head of policy in the HR department at Worcestershire CC, and acting head of HR, has been appointed head of HR with Gloucestershire CC.
James Coney has been appointed Stake Lodge sports development officer with Havant BC, in a post funded by Sport England.
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