Barry Keel has been appointed chief executive of Plymouth City Council. He was previously chief executive at Darlington BC for eight years. He starts work at the end of February. Mr Keel takes over from interim chief executive Mike Robinson, who joined the council in September.
Susan Attard has been appointed deputy town clerk at the Corporation of London. Ms Attard was director of strategic services at Three Rivers DC, and held the role of director of direct services at Wiltshire CC for four years.
Jack Straw has been appointed strategic director at City & County of Swansea. He is currently chief executive of Swansea Local Health Board. Mr Straw succeeds Hugh Gardner, who retired earlier this year.
Keith Ireland has been appointed corporate director at Thurrock BC. He previously managed the council's legal services for one year on an interim basis. Mr Ireland joined Thurrock as head of personnel in 2001.
Kingsley Smith, chief executive of Durham CC, is set to retire at the end of June, after 41 years in local government. He began his local government career as a trainee accountant at Gateshead CBC - now Gateshead Council - in 1964. He joined Durham in 1967 and was promoted to county treasurer in 1984. He became chief executive in 1988.
John Bunnett has been appointed strategic director with responsibility for environmental services, leisure, culture, tourism and street scene at Thanet DC. He was previously director of waste services at London Waste.
Following a corporate management restructure at Northampton BC, the following appointments will form part of the council's strategic management team. Three briefs have been identified: Living in Northampton, Enabling Northampton and Governing Northampton. The corporate directors are: Mario Abela, who was previously director of budget management at Tasmania State; Clive Thomas, who was strategic director at Bath & North East Somerset Council and began his career as an assistant project surveyor for Birmingham City Council in 1981; and David Taylor, who was previously director of franchises and planning at West Anglia Great Northern Railways.
Clive Morton has been appointed head of cultural services at Waltham Forest LBC. He was previously head of scrutiny and community councils at Waltham Forest.
LAW AND SCRUTINY
Sulafa Halstead has been appointed head of overview and scrutiny at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Prior to this she worked in overview and scrutiny at Lancashire CC. Stoke-on-Trent has also appointed John Ross as overview and scrutiny officer. He previously worked in Mid Sussex DC's scrutiny division.
Graeme Harkness has been appointed head of school effectiveness at Telford & Wrekin Council. He has been head teacher of Ercall Wood Technology College in Telford for the last three years.
SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH
Stuart Brook, social services director at Northamptonshire CC, is retiring in March after 10 years in the role.
Sue Fiennes has been appointed director of children's services at Herefordshire Council. She was previously director of social care and strategic housing.