John Thornton has been appointed the equivalent of an e-envoy for local government by the Improvement & Development Agency, as part of the government's drive to meet the 2005 electronic delivery target. Mr Thornton has been manager of the Institute of Public Finance, the commercial arm of CIPFA, since 1992. During his career he has
been director of consultancy and managed services with Municipal
Mutual Computing and executive director of CSL. He has worked on secondment to London Docklands Development Corporation and
was assistant secretary with CIPFA. He qualified for CIPFA in 1978 and worked as an accountant and financial manager in local government
for 10 years.
Sir Michael Lyons, chief executive of Birmingham City Council since 1994, has been appointed head of the University of Birmingham's Institute of Local Government Studies. The institute is part of the School of Public Policy at the university and he has also been appointed professor of public policy (LGC, 6 July). Sir Michael began his career in 1973 as a lecturer/research fellow with the Department of Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham, he became a senior research officer at the Department of the Environment in 1975. He entered local government as principal economist with West Midlands MCC in 1978 and held posts as deputy director then director of economic development there. He was appointed chief executive of Wolverhampton MBC in 1985 and chief executive of Nottinghamshire CC in 1990.
Elisabeth Ashness, assistant head of law with Norfolk CC, has been appointed head of corporate services and monitoring officer with Broadland DC. She takes up her new post on 1 July.
James Kelly, director of community and environment with Exeter City Council, has been appointed director of community services with Tewkesbury BC.
Helen Dawson, director of policy with the Improvement & Development Agency is moving to Aruna.com, a data warehousing and software company, to lead their knowledge management business.
Julia Fieldhouse has been appointed head of customer services, libraries and information with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
She previously worked for the Inland Revenue as a programme manager dealing with revenue modernisation programmes. She replaces Jacquie Campbell, who has been seconded to the Audit Commission as a best value inspector.
Helen Style, head of policy with Colchester BC, has been appointed head of policy and development unit with Bracknell Forest BC. She will take up her new post on 6 August.
George Hunter, head of community care with East Renfrewshire Council since 1995, has been appointed director of social work with the council, to replace Dr Sue Ross, who has moved to the NHS.
Tony Galloway has been appointed head of leisure services with Castle Point BC. He is currently head of leisure and client services with Rochford DC. He will be taking up his new post in September.
Graham Ebers has been appointed head of finance with Wokingham
DC, to succeed Paul Wenham, who was appointed director of finance
with Waverley BC. Mr Ebers was previously accountancy manager with Wokingham.
Brian Miller, finance and administration manager with
King's Cross Partnership, and with Islington LBC since 1990,
has been appointed management accountant with Waltham
Graham Creer has been appointed city solicitor with Liverpool City Council. He was previously borough solicitor with Barnet LBC for 12 years. He worked with Haringey LBC, Wansworth LBC, and Westminster City Council before moving to Barnet.
Natalie Lancey has been appointed legal services manager with Stafford BC, to succeed Philip Lloyd-Williams, who became head of law and administration with Shrewsbury & Atcham BC. Ms Lancey was previously an assistant solicitor with Stafford.
Graham Howard has joined Capita Consulting as principal consultant in the organisational development/human resources group based in London. Mr Howard previously worked with Kingston upon Hull City Council, Humberside CC, Eden DC, Oldham MBC and KPMG in personnel and management services. He is a council member of Harrow LBC.
Bala Mahendran, head of housing services with Braintree DC, has been appointed executive director of housing and personal services with Basildon DC. He will take up his new post in October.
Mike Goodwin, deputy director of housing with Wandsworth LBC, will become acting director of housing when Dick Sheppard retires at the end of July (LGC, 6 July).
Richard Willoughby has been appointed director of regeneration with Plymouth City Council, to succeed Chris Freegard who was appointed managing director of Newport CBC. Mr Willoughby is director of regeneration and business partnership with Bradford City Council.
Roger Dean, head of planning, has been acting director of regeneration with Plymouth in the interim.
Press and PR
Marina Pirotta, director of communications and consultation with Brent LBC, is leaving to set up her own communications agency. She previously worked with Hackney LBC, Newham LBC and Islington LBC.
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