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Career moves: DVLA, North Somerset, Wrexham and more

Our latest round-up of some of the UK’s leading senior level moves within central and local government

Here’s our latest round-up of some of the UK’s leading senior level moves within central and local government.

 

DVLA appoints Julie Lennard as first female CEO

The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has promoted its former director of strategy, policy and communications, Julie Lennard, as its new CEO.

Prior to joining DVLA, Lennard served at The National Archives, where she was responsible for developing strategic policy relationships with senior stakeholders and overseeing parliamentary and legislative issues. This appointment makes Lennard the first woman to take up the role of CEO at the DVLA.

Bernadette Kelly, the Department for Transport’s permanent secretary said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Julie Lennard to the role, leading DVLA at such an important time as it develops into a digital hub for motorists. Julie is an experienced and talented leader and brings a wealth of experience to this crucial role.”

 

North Somerset Council appoints new interim chief executive

North Somerset Council has appointed Helen Bailey as its new interim chief executive. Bailey replaces Mike Jackson, who is leaving the council to join Bristol City Council as its executive director of resources and head of paid service.

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council reveals new chief executive

Cheshire West and Chester Council has recruited Andrew Lewis as its new chief executive, replacing the outgoing Gerald Meehan, who is retiring due to personal issues.

Prior to joining the Cheshire West and Chester Council, Lewis served as a senior economic advisor at the Treasury, as a deputy regional director at the North-East Government office and as an assistant chief executive at Newcastle City Council.

Commenting on his appointment, Lewis said: “I am delighted to have been approved by full council to take up this important responsibility. I am looking forward to serving the people of Cheshire West and Chester and working with a talented and dedicated workforce to deliver the best outcomes and opportunities for our residents.”

 

New CEO for Wrexham Council

Wrexham Council has announced that Ian Bancroft will be leading the council as its new CEO. Bancroft has previously been in leadership roles at a variety of public organisations in places such as Manchester, Merseyside, and North-East Wales.

He said: “I am really excited about the new opportunities I have here at Wrexham. It’s my local council and while I know there will be challenges to come, I relish the prospect of working with everyone here for the benefit of everyone in Wrexham.”

 

New boss at Perth and Kinross Council

Perth and Kincross Council has appointed Karen Reid to replace Bernadette Malone as its new chief executive officer. Reid previously served as the chief executive of Care Inspectorate and has held a number of senior roles in the public and voluntary sector.

Councillor Murray Lyle, Perth and Kincross council’s leader said: “I am delighted that Karen has accepted the position as our chief executive, she will be an excellent leader and will help build on our successes as an ambitious and high performing council at an exciting time of development and growth in Perth and Kinross.”

 

St Helens Council appoints new strategic director

St Helens Council has named its former head of finance Cath Fogarty as its new strategic director, replacing long-time interim deputy CEO, Ian Roberts.

Fogarty is a qualified CA and brings 30 years of local government experience with her, having worked for a number of local authorities, such as Salford City Council and Wigan and Halton Borough Councils, before she joined St Helens as an Assistant Treasurer in 2002.

St Helens Council’s CEO, Mike Palin said: “Cath is an outstanding candidate who brings with her a wealth of experience, and I am confident that with her background and expertise she will lead and develop our people, manage our finances, utilise technology and continually work to develop and improve the council as a business.”

 

Search on to find new chief executive for Liverpool Council

Liverpool Council’s Ged Fitzgerald has stepped down from his role as the CEO and the interim head of paid service for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority with immediate effect. The council has now commenced its search for a replacement.

Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson released a statement saying: “Ged Fitzgerald has resigned from his post as CEO of Liverpool City Council with immediate effect. I can confirm that he wrote to me this morning and tendered his resignation, which the council has accepted.”

 

Hertfordshire County Council boss announces his retirement

Hertfordshire County Council’s Chief Executive John Wood has announced that he will be retiring from his position by March 2019.

The council has confirmed that a committee will be formed this month to recruit a new CEO to ensure that there is a handover period. Wood stated that the timing of his decision was to allow a new chief to learn the ropes of the council and about the challenges they may face during the next election.

Wood said: “It has been an absolute privilege to serve what I regard as the best county council in the country. During my time at Hertfordshire I have worked with some great officers and members. I am as happy and motivated today as I have ever been and with almost a year to go until I depart, I am determined to continue to deliver for the authority and the residents of Hertfordshire to the best of my abilities.”

 

Highland Council CEO announces retirement

Steve Barron, CEO of the Highland Council, will be retiring after spending 10 years with the council.

Prior to joining the Highland Council, Barron served at Robertsons Facilities Management as a director of housing and property.

Speaking about his retirement, Barron said: “My time as chief executive has seen the biggest challenges in decades for local authorities. It has been a time of enormous change for the Highland Council. This has been a stimulating and rewarding time and I have been fortunate to be very well supported throughout by a talented and innovative team. It has been a real privilege to serve the Highland Council over this period.”

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