People and processesCareer Moves: Trafford, Kingston, Midlothian, North Somerset & North Tyneside

Career Moves: Trafford, Kingston, Midlothian, North Somerset & North Tyneside

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

Trafford Council’s chief executive quits

Trafford Council’s chief executive, Theresa Grant and corporate director for transformation and resources, Joanne Hyde have resigned from the council, with immediate effect.

While both stated that they are resigning from the council to pursue new opportunities, the actual reason for their resignations was not disclosed. Councillor Andrew Western took the time to thank both members for their services and stated that both Grant and Hyde played a significant role in the development of Trafford.

First female council chief executive for Midlothian

Midlothian Council has appointed Grace Vickers as its first female chief executive officer.

Vickers, who joined the council in 2015 from the City of Edinburgh Council where she served as a quality improvement manager, will replace current chief executive Kenneth Lawrie, who will be leaving the council to join Falkirk Council in August.

Speaking about her appointment, Vickers stated that she was delighted to be appointed.  SNP councillor Debbi McCall added: “I’m delighted that we have our first female chief executive. I think it’s really important.”

Kingston Council CEO resigns

Kingston Council’s CEO, Charile Adan, has resigned from the organisation and will be replaced by Roy Thompson on an interim basis.

Liz Green, leader of the council said: “I recognise that the former administration thought highly of her work and that she had exemplary appraisals from them. The new administration will be taking the council in a new direction and this will require a change to the way the organisation is led and managed. I am grateful to Charlie for agreeing to leave at this time.”

North Tyneside Council appoints new chief executive

North Tyneside Council has brought Paul Hanson on board to replace Patrick Melia as its new interim CEO for a 12-month period from August 2018.

The council has also confirmed that no other decision regarding the organisation’s leadership was made beyond Hanson’s appointment.

Speaking about the development, North Tyneside’s elected mayor, Norma Redfearn said: “He is passionate about North Tyneside and dedicated to delivering excellent services to our residents. I look forward to working closely with him on the exciting plans to further develop North Tyneside for the future.”

North Somerset Council appoints new interim chief executive

North Somerset Council has appointed former treasury official and police board chief Helen Bailey as its new interim CEO. She will be replacing Mike Jackson, who is set to leave the council at the end of June 2018 to join Bristol City Council.

Bailey will join the council in a few weeks’ time to allow for a handover period before Jackson departs from the council.

Prior to becoming North Somerset Council’s CEO, Bailey served as a chief executive and adviser at management consultant firm iMPOWER and as a chief executive of Local Partnerships. She has also served as a chief officer at the London Mayor’s Office for policing and crime.

A spokesperson from the council commented: “Helen has a wealth of experience in local and national government having previously been chief executive of the London Borough of Islington and director of public services at HM Treasury. We look forward to welcoming Helen to North Somerset.”

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