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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


Richard Samuel, director of community services with Sevenoaks DC, has been appointed chief executive of Thanet DC, to succeed David Ralls, who is retiring. Mr Samuel began his local government career as an environmental health officer and worked in housing. He is a housing adviser and a community safety adviser to the Local Government Association.

David Watts, chief executive of Guildford BC since 1983, is retiring in May. He joined Guildford as clerk and solicitor in 1973. Mr Watts was articled with Twickenham BC and worked with Wembley BC and Esher UDC, where he became deputy clerk to the council.

Doug Johnson, director of strategic support with Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, has been appointed acting chief executive, to take over when Kevin Lavery leaves next month. Mr Johnson is treasurer and deputy clerk for Tyne and Wear PTE.

Lorraine Watson has been appointed head of diversity with the Audit Commission. She is currently with the Office for Public Management and joins the commission in November.

Rita Dexter, deputy chief executive and acting director of education and children, joins the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority later this month as director of corporate services. Brian Reynolds, director of social affairs with Barnet, will take over her role as deputy chief executive.

Kathy August has been appointed director of education with Stockport MBC, to follow the retirement on 31 January of Max Hunt, the council's chief education officer. Ms August is a senior education adviser for the Department for Education & Skills Standards and Effectiveness Unit based in Manchester. She was a headteacher before being appointed director for education, arts and leisure with Trafford MBC.

Roger Glithero, leisure services manager with Torfaen CBC, has

been appointed head of leisure and cultural services with Aylesbury

Vale DC.

Peter Fletcher, a member of the inspection division of OFSTED, has been appointed group director of learning services with Kingston upon Hull City Council. Mr Fletcher began in teaching, rising to headteacher and was appointed a senior inspector with Lincolnshire CC in 1987 and rose to assistant director of education in 1989. He returned to teaching as a headteacher in North Yorkshire from 1993-2000, then joined HMI's inspection team.

Ian Keys has been appointed director of the transforming public services programme at the New Local Government Network. He has worked in the public sector for over 25 years, as a senior local government officer with Lewisham LBC and Reading BC; as an elected trade union official with the GMB and most recently, as a director of Compass.

Trevor Edinborough is one of four new assistant directors appointed to the education management team at Hackney LBC. He currently works with Nord Anglia as executive manager responsible for the Hackney School Improvement Service. Peter Wilkinson, head of pupil services with Lewisham LBC, has been appointed assistant director pupil support; Richard Parkes, head of the lifelong learning service with Lambeth LBC, has been appointed assistant director learning support and schools and Barbara Lane, acting head of strategy, planning and resources with Hackney since January, has been appointed assistant director business support.

Graeme Betts, director of social services with Hillingdon LBC, has been appointed chief executive of Hillingdon Primary Care Trust. He has been acting chief executive on secondment to the trust. Mr Betts previously worked in social services with Coventry City Council and several London boroughs. He has worked in health services research and as secretary of a community health council.


John Walton, chief financial officer with Hartlepool BC since 1988, is retiring at the end of December. He began in local government with Durham CC and held finance posts with Chester-le-Street RDC and Gateshead MBC.

Lynn Ingram, team leader in social services finance with West Sussex CC from 1998, has been appointed director of finance for the Southern Focus Trust, a social care charity. Previously she worked in social services finance with Devon CC and East Devon DC.

Liz Sandwith has been elected president of the Institute of Internal Auditors - UK and Ireland. She has run her own business, Sandwith Audit Services, for several years.


Gifty Edila has been appointed director of law and administration with Kensington & Chelsea LBC. She currently heads the legal department at Newham LBC. A barrister and solicitor, before joining local government Ms Edila worked in community legal practice with both Camden Law Centre and North Kensington Law Centre. She joined Newham in 1988. She will take up her new post in December.

Ian Hughes has been appointed assistant solicitor and head of legal and committee services with Eden DC. He was previously assistant solicitor with Blackburn with Darwen BC. He was articled in the private sector. Mr Hughes will report to Cath Whitehead, who was appointed district secretary and solicitor with the council in June, succeeding Harold Harrison, who has retired. Ms Whitehead was previously legal services manager with Darlington BC.


Mohan de Silva has been appointed chief executive of First, the Wakefield development agency. He was previously operations director of Advance Visual Communications PLC. He started his career with Bradford City Council in 1985 as assistant industrial development officer, and following several promotions, left as principal economic development officer. He was appointed head of business economic regeneration with Bradford Training and Enterprise Council in 1994.


Len Eaton, chair of the Labour group and deputy mayor of Dartford BC, died suddenly on 15 October, aged 75. Mr Eaton, a councillor for 19 years, was chair of the best value review committee and on the audit and standards board and appeals committee. He was mayor of Dartford in 1995-96.

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