Munro Gold, acting director of environmental services with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - Western Isles Council - since 1999, has been appointed director for sustainable communities with the council. He was previously deputy director of environmental services. Through the merger of the department of environmental services, the European and development services function and leisure function, the new department will provide a focus for sustainable communities. Mr Gold is a crofter in the Lochs area
David Panter, chief executive of Hillingdon primary care trust, has been appointed chief executive of Brighton & Hove Council, to succeed Glynn Jones, who is retiring. Mr Panter was previously chief executive of Hillingdon Health Authority.
Michael Taylor, chief executive of Spelthorne BC since 1988, is to retire next year. He was appointed group administrator with Salford MBC in 1973 and deputy county secretary and solicitor with Isle of Wight CC in 1974. He became chief executive of West Dorset DC in 1984. Mr Taylor was articled with Huyton with Roby DC in 1967 and became assistant solicitor with Eccles BC, then deputy town clerk.
Michael Kemp, chief executive of Cannock Chase DC since 1991, will be retiring in May. He began in local government as a trainee accountant with Dudley MBC in 1967 and apart from a post as assistant finance officer with West Midlands Police Authority from 1972-74, continued in finance posts with Dudley. He joined West Midlands CC in 1979 and rose to assistant county treasurer in 1983, moving to Staffordshire CC as deputy county treasurer in 1985. He has held a number of public offices, including as adviser to the former Association of County Councils.
David McElhinney, 40, an executive director with Liverpool City Council, has been appointed chief executive of Liverpool Direct Ltd. He has been seconded to head the joint venture with BT for six months. He joined Liverpool City Council from Knowsley MBC, where he was assistant
Stephen Broomhead, chief executive of Warrington BC, has been appointed one of eight new members of the Learning and Skills Development Agency Board, on a three-year appointment.
Tony Harris has been appointed head of executive office with Erewash BC, as part of the council's organisational review. He was previously council director from 1999. Mr Harris (46) joined the council in 1994 as chief leisure services officer. He was previously head of leisure with Ashworth DC. Roberta Norris, previously strategic director with the council, has been appointed head of community involvement. She was formerly community development manager with Swindon BC.
Keith Osborne, principal assistant director (parks, sports and community services) with Leicester City Council, has been appointed head of service procurement.
Ian Brandwood, assistant director in the treasury department at Nottingham City Council, has been appointed head of corporate services.
Saliah Hameed has been appointed corporate strategy officer for diversity with Middlesbrough Council. A trained teacher, she worked in teaching, specialising in working with ethnic and racial minorities, and worked with the Race Equality Council in Darlington.
Ann Domeney, group manager, access and assessment/family support with Hounslow LBC,
has been appointed assistant director, children and families, with Slough BC. She has worked in social care, children and families, since 1986. She previously worked with Greenwich LBC, Hillingdon LBC and Sefton MBC. She will take up her new post on 3 September.
Balvinder Kaur Saund has been appointed civic and democratic group manager with Tower Hamlets LBC, following restructuring of the democratic operations department.
Mark Lewis, 36, head of law and administration and an acting director of corporate services with Torbay Council, has been appointed to the new role of solicitor to District Audit. He previously worked as senior solicitor with Mansfield DC and assistant solicitor with Nottingham City Council. Paul Stonehouse, solicitor and secretary for Stockport MBC, has been appointed the council's monitoring officer.
Sharon Clark. a solicitor with Derbyshire CC, has been appointed senior solicitor, managing the child protection team, with Norfolk CC.
Heather Barnes has been appointed head of human resources with Devon CC. She previously held various roles with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, after working as director of human resources with the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration.
Barbara Stratton-Knott has been appointed head of training and development. She is currently working with Prosper South West.
Bryn Harries, property services manager with Islington LBC, has been appointed property director with Ealing LBC.
Helen McHale, housing and community care manager with Pendle BC, has been appointed assistant director of housing with Stockport MBC. Previously she worked with Rochdale MBC, High Peak BC and Oldham MBC. She will replace Paul Dewey who is retiring.
Gerri Scott, chief executive of Westway Housing Association, has been appointed assistant director (housing management) with Camden LBC housing department. Ms Scott (36) was previously assistant manager of Lambeth Homes and has also worked with Tower Hamlets LBC.
Allan Hartridge, director of services with Caradon DC, has been appointed director of development with Taunton Deane BC. He will start in October.
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