Margaret Carney has been appointed to the new post of strategic director of corporate resources with Warrington BC. She has been acting director of finance and IT since January, following the retirement of Peter Carey. Ms Carney began her career with Knowsley MBC and qualified as an accountant in 1989. She rose to assistant director of finance, joining Warrington as assistant director of finance and IT (financial planning, accountancy and audit) in 1997.
Anne Brereton, corporate director (planning and IT services) with Malvern Hills DC, has been appointed deputy chief executive and corporate director (environment and development) with South Bedfordshire DC.
Tom McCourt, previously with Tower Hamlets LBC, has been appointed assistant director (planning and transportation) with Hackney LBC. Jim Patterson has been appointed assistant director environmental services, joining from the private sector. Tim Johnson, previously a DTLR consultant with Hackney, has been appointed assistant director (policy and resources) and John Blackmore, head of community safety and development at Brent LBC, has been appointed assistant director (community and partnerships).
Jenny Stone has been appointed a researcher with the Audit Commission in Wales. A barrister, she previously worked for Eversheds on PFI and public sector projects.
Sandra Schofield, assistant director (resources) with East Sussex CC, has been appointed deputy county treasurer with Wiltshire CC, to succeed Mike Prince, county treasurer designate.
Lyn Garner, head of revenues and benefits with Slough BC, has been appointed head of benefits with Hammersmith & Fulham LBC.
Caroline Ellwood, director of corporate resources with Preston City Council, has been appointed legal director with Sefton MBC. She previously worked with Salford City Council and Vale Royal BC. She takes up her new appointment on 17 June.
Helen Jubb has been appointed solicitor (property and conveyancing) with the Durham CC. She was in private practice.
Martin Stott, economy and environment manager with Oxfordshire CC, has been appointed head of external policy and partnerships in the new strategy directorate. Also appointed are Claire Evans, local strategic partnerships manager, from Gloucester City Council; Susan Wood, LSP officer, from the UN Environment Programme, Geneva; Michele Jacobs, demographic and social statistics adviser, from Oxford Brookes University; Helen Wells, community safety officer, from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire magistrates' courts service; and Dawn Pettis, economic development officer, from the county's land use planning department.
Adam Wilkinson, head of estates, property and market services with Kirklees MBC, has been appointed executive director of economic and development services with Rotherham MBC, to succeed Bob Keenan, who is taking early retirement.
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