Headline NewsPeople on the Move – December 2014

People on the Move - December 2014

Our monthly round-up of all the most important career moves and appointments from within UK local government.

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Jim Savege appointed new chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council appointed Jim Savege as its new chief executive. He is expected to take on the responsibilities of the role from February 2015. He will be taking over the role from the current chief executive, Colin Mackenzie, who has been in the position since 2008.

Savege currently holds the post of corporate director for environment and community services at Cumbria County Council, where he is responsible for all the front-line council services that support communities and businesses. On his appointment, Savege said:

“My early priorities will be on making sure our budget plans are in good order and our services to protect those most vulnerable in society are robust. I am looking forward to establishing good working relationships with councillors and meeting key partners and am keen to get out and about to meet staff across all levels of the organisation.”

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Dorset County Council appoints Cllr Gould as new leader

Dorset County Council appointed Cllr Robert Gould as the leader of the council. Cllr Gould was appointed at a full council meeting that was held on 3rd December, 2014, after former leader Cllr Spencer Flower resigned from the post. Cllr Gould, who stood unopposed for the position, was elected after a vote of 25 for and ten against.

After his appointment, Cllr Gould stated that he would discuss his position as leader of West Dorset District Council in the coming days with members of the district council. He also added that his main focus would be on the council’s Forward Together programme and that there would be no plans to change any of the cost-cutting measures introduced by Cllr Flower, but did say he would review the roles of the cabinet, with personnel changes possible.

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Glasgow City Council appoints first female chief executive

Glasgow City Council’s Appointment of Senior Officers Committee has appointed Annemarie O’Donnell as its new chief executive. O’Donnell, who is the council’s first female chief executive, will be taking over from George Black who retires in December after 11 years in the role. O’Donnell will be taking on the responsibilities of the role immediately.

Prior to this role, O’Donnell was the council’s head of corporate services since 2011. On her appointment, Black said: “Annemarie and I have worked together for many years and I know that she is absolutely dedicated to the council and the city. I often say we have the best people in local government and Annemarie is undoubtedly the best person to lead our team.”

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Barnet COO to head up Barking and Dagenham Council

Chris Naylor, Barnet Council’s chief operating officer, will be appointed as the chief executive of Barking and Dagenham Council. Naylor is expected to start his role from February 2015.

Naylor has been the chief operating officer of Barnet Council since January 2013. Prior to that, he served as corporate directorof resources and corporate director of resident services at Tower Hamlets Council. On Naylor’s appointment, Barking and Dagenham Leader Darren Rodwell said that he hoped Naylor would start with a review of the council’s senior management structure after he joins. Naylor said:

“This is a council with a reputation for doing great things but one which faces huge challenges. The borough is a keystone in the development of London and the opportunities that this offers is one of the key reasons the job is such a fantastic opportunity for anyone working in local government.”

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North Dorset District Council chief Liz Goodall to retire

Liz Goodall, chief executive, North Dorset District Council has announced that she will retire from her post in February 2015. Announcing her retirement, Goodall said:

“I have now confirmed that I will leave the council in February 2015 to ensure a seamless transfer to my successor. By officers, councillors and community working together, North Dorset has made remarkable and innovative improvements and I am proud to have been part of that award winning team. I wish everyone well as the council moves to an exciting new future.”

Cllr Deborah Croney, Leader of North Dorset District Council, also said: “Members, staff and colleagues from around Dorset will wish to take opportunities over the next few months to express their appreciation for Liz’s significant services to local government and North Dorset in particular.”

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