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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


Moya Sutton has been appointed assistant director with Knowsley MBC social services, to head the children and families division. Knowsley council and St Helens & Knowsley Health Authority have jointly funded her post, as part of the local modernisation strategy for health and social care.

Ms Sutton comes from a nursing rather than social services background. She began her career as a student nurse in the former Walton Hospital, now part of the Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust and later became a district nursing sister with St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust. She was seconded to St Helens MBC social services, then appointed commissioning manager with St Helens and Knowsley HA in 1997. She is a member of the National Health Select Committee for Young Offenders.

Tom Jeffrey, assistant director, planning, with Camden LBC, has been appointed strategic director of environment and leisure with Sutton LBC. He joined Camden in 1995 from Barnet LBC, where he was controller of development services. He takes up his new post in October.

Steve Tilbury, head of leisure services with Waverley BC, has been appointed director of community services with Winchester City Council. He began in local government with the former Newbury DC, and also worked for Eastleigh BC and for Sport England. He will take up his new post in November and will replace chief leisure officer Bill Ronan, who retired earlier this year.

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 leaving to join the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Mairi Jones has been appointed assistant director for leisure and Kathy Wadsworth has been appointed assistant director, economic development and neighbourhood renewal with Medway Council.Ms Jones is currently head of external funding with Kent CC.

Geoff Barrow, information and technology manager with South Oxfordshire DC, has been appointed head of information and communications technology with the council, among 12 new heads of service appointments.

Among seven internal moves, Gina Couper, public amenities manager, becomes head of public amenities; Roger Davies, committee services manager, becomes head of corporate support; Trevor Hill, human resources manager, becomes head of human resources; and David Saffin, environmental health services manager, becomes head of environmental health. Kelvin Sykes, building control manager with the council, becomes head of building control and Chris Tyson, community services manager, becomes head of leisure and countryside.

External appointments include Adrian Duffield, development control manager with Test Valley BC, who becomes head of planning with South Oxfordshire; William Jacobs, assistant chief finance officer with Slough BC, who becomes head of finance; Margaret Reed, head of legal and estates services with Reigate and Banstead BC, who becomes head of legal services; Helen Scullard, head of housing needs with Bracknell Forest BC, who becomes head of housing; and Brendon Walsh, chief executive of Northwest London TEC and Business Link, who becomes head of economic development.

Rachel Henley has been appointed arts development officer with North Warwickshire BC. She was previously arts programme assistant with a community arts organisation in West Bromwich.

Keith Harris, head of building services with

North Tyneside MBC and a past president of the Institute of Maintenance and Building Management, has retired.

Bob Martin has been appointed a senior consultant with IBM's public sector practice. He previously worked with ICL government business, Mr Martin has worked in management services with Warwickshire CC, Oxfordshire CC and Coventry City Council.

Miles Butler, head of economic development and European Affairs with Devon CC. Is succeeding Guy Spencer, environmental services director with Dorset CC since 1996, who has retired. Mr Spencer was deputy county surveyor with Dorset from 1991.He previously worked with Bradford City Council and West Yorkshire CC.


Mark Hynes, principal solicitor with Warwickshire CC, has been appointed head of legal services with Peterborough City Council.

David Claxton has been appointed head of member services in the finance and central services directorate at Cumbria CC. He was previously head of resources with West Sussex CC. Mr Claxton began in local government with Norwich City Council and moved to Norfolk CC, then North Yorkshire CC. He joined West Sussex in 1985.

Denise Rushton, legal services officer with Mid Devon DC, has been appointed principal solicitor with Cherwell DC.


Greg Smith, director of development services with Cannock Chase DC. Has taken early retirement. He joined the authority from Wrekin DC in 1991 and was previously assistant county clerk with Tyne and Wear MCC. Before he held town and country planning posts with Hertfordshire CC and Norfolk CC.


Carmel Lennon, human resources manager with Darlington BC, has been appointed head of human resources with City of York Council.

Stephen Forrest has been appointed interim human resources manager (corporate) with City of York. He previously worked for Manpower Services.

Information Technology

Steve Collins has been appointed corporate systems manager with the IT department at Hampshire CC. He previously worked in the IT department heading the enterprise project implementing SAP/R3.

Send your job change news to Janet Barber.

email fax 020 7347 1830

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