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Janet Barber seeks out the latest management restructures in local government ...
Janet Barber seeks out the latest management restructures in local government


Martin Horton has been appointed director of IDeA knowledge and learning. He has left New York, where he had been seconded as global HR director for Deloitte & Touche Management Solutions since 1998, to take up the newly-created post.

Mr Horton began his career in local government in 1979 and worked for a number of councils as central training and development officer. He joined the North West Employers' Organisation and delivered HR and training to 46 councils, helping to modernise HR practice.

He joined CSL as a consultant in 1989. When the company was taken over by Deloitte & Touche in 1993, he became a senior manager with expertise in HR strategy, later becoming director of HR consulting and the executive search and selection practice in the north of England.

Richard Harbord, managing director of Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, has been appointed managing director and director of finance with the council, following the appointment of Mark McLaughlin as director of resources with Enfield LBC. Mr Harbord was chief executive and director of resources with Richmond upon Thames LBC until 1999.

Oonagh Aitken, chief executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities since 1999, who has resigned (LGC, 7 September), was previously corporate manager (social strategy) with Fife RC. She began her career teaching modern languages and was appointed education officer with Strathclyde RC in 1990. She was Strathclyde regional representative in Brussels from 1993-95, then became acting assistant chief executive (economic strategy) with Strathclyde.

Jack Neal, chief executive of Caradon DC, will be taking early retirement at the end of the year. He joined the council from Tandridge DC in 1991.

Edward Hemsley, chief executive of Blaby DC, is to retire in March.

Steve Presland, head of environmental services with Barnet LBC, has been appointed head of environmental and neighbourhood services, in management restructuring.

Grahame Beattie, head of design and build, becomes head of planning, highways and design, and Clive Medlam, head of strategic finance, becomes borough treasurer in a new post. Rita Dexter, deputy chief executive, is joining the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority.

David Martin, director of environmental services with Stirling Council, has been made strategic manager for support services with Fife Council and Stuart Nichol, regional managing director of Scottish Homes, has been appointed strategic manager for environment and development at Fife.

Madeline King, manager of assessment and provision in the education department at Harrow LBC, has been appointed head of education, strategic planning and lifelong learning with Thurrock. She will take up her new post on 5 October.

Guy Holloway, senior resources officer with Stevenage BC, has been appointed to the new post of performance improvement manager with Kettering BC. He takes up his new post on 17September.

Mr Holloway (29) began his career in private sector waste management and became administration manager with North Hertfordshire DC, before joining Stevenage in 1998.

Zulfiqar Ali, director of StreetCare with Brent LBC, has been appointed director of street services with Ealing LBC.

Graeme Matthews has been appointed a member of Ken Livingstone's advisory cabinet, to represent the interest of older people in the capital. He is chair of the central and London branch of the Association of Retired and Persons over 50, which is affiliated to the National Pensionsers Convention, and has been secretary of the London older people's strategy group.

David Evans, director of culture and recreation with the City & County of Swansea Council, has been elected as national president of the Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management. He is a founder member of ILAM and also an adviser to the Local Government Association and Welsh Local Government Association.


Gary Shepherd, an accountant in the chamberlain's department at the Corporation Of London for 12 years, has been appointed chief accountant at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Earlier he worked with the Greater London Council, Kingston LBC and Westminster City Council.

Grant Davis has been appointed senior financial accountant with Kennet DC. He was previously principal internal auditor with the council.


John Tradewell, borough solicitor with Rossendale BC, has been appointed borough solicitor for Halton BC. He will take up his new post on 26 November.

Audrey Watson, council solicitor with West Lothian Council, has been appointed to the Scottish committee of the Council of Tribunals.Mrs Watson will replace Pek Yeong Berry.

Pauline Harris, a group accountant with Telford and Wrekin Council, has been appointed corporate finance manager with the authority.


Peter Sarling, administration manager with Stevenage BC, died on 31 August after a long illness. He was responsible for the council's committee and electoral services, administration and emergency planning. He organised local, Parliamentary and European elections on behalf of the authority for many years and was instrumental in both the council's participation in the pilot postal voting scheme in the year 2000 and the subsequent promotion of postal voting for the 2001 elections. Earlier in

his career he worked for Thurrock BC, Epping Forest BC and Havering LBC.

Mike Powell-Davis, principal technical officer with Essex CC, died on 27 August aged 53, following a tragic accident at home (LGC, 7 September). He had worked for Essex since 1971.

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