Career Moves - Dorset, Falkirk, Scottish Police Authority and more
Falkirk Council has taken on board Kenneth Lawrie as its new chief executive. Lawrie will succeed Mary Pitcaithly who had retired following her service as chief executive for over 20 years. Lawrie first served a local government in 1994, where he held various roles at Dartford Borough Council in Kent and Scottish Borders Council before his appointment as chief executive of Midlothian Council in 2009.
Commenting about the status of the council, Kenneth Lawrie said: “What will happen and needs to happen are changes in the way we deliver these services. It’s a big challenge and going to get more challenging but we need to be imaginative and open to change. We will be looking at how we work and how we can work in partnership with other organisations to deliver services. We are going to be a very different organisation in five years’ time. There are significant opportunities for growth and we need to ensure this includes employment for our young people.
Bury Council’s Chief Executive Geoff Little will be replacing Bury’s Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Counting Officer Stuart North, who is due to retire at the end of September. Little has served Manchester City Council as the deputy chief executive for nearly ten years and has led Bury Council since May. Little’s appointment will be subject to approval by NHS England and the council’s cabinet. Commenting on Geoff Little’s appointment, Dr Jeff Schryer, chair of Bury CCG said: “With the support of Bury Council, and following an interview and assessment panel, subject to approval by NHS England and endorsement by the council cabinet, Geoff Little OBE, the chief executive of Bury Council, will undertake a joint appointment leading both the CCG and the council.”
Highland Council has taken on board Donna Manson as its new chief executive. She will succeed Steve Barron who is retiring and take up office in November. Manson serves as a service director for children and young people at the Scottish Borders Council.
The Shadow Senior Appointments Committee has suggested that Matt Prosser should be appointed as chief executive of Dorset Council, which will go live in April 2019. Prosser will become the council’s first chief executive. This was decided following a national search for the best candidate to lead the new council. Prosser currently serves as the chief executive of the Dorset Councils Partnership, serving North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland councils and is also the interim shadow head of paid service for Dorset Council.
Speaking about Prosser’s appointment Councillor Spencer Flower, chairman of the Shadow Senior Appointments Committee said: “We are delighted to recommend Matt as the Chief Executive of the new council. This has been a tough process for all involved, but we are certain this decision is the right one and that Matt will continue to deliver this programme of change, which is the most exciting opportunity for local government in Dorset for over 40 years.”
North Ayrshire Council’s Elma Murray has decided to step down after nine years of service as chief executive where she led a programme of transformational change, the outcome of which resulted in the council earning recognition as APSE’s UK Council of the Year in 2017.
Murray was recognised in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List and she received an OBE for her services to local government, education and the economy. Her stepping down is parallel with a new leadership structure with one chief executive supported by two assistant chief executives. Speaking about this development, North Ayrshire council leader Joe Cullinane said: “Elma is one of the most dedicated and hard-working public servants I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She has tremendous drive and determination and has been courageous and bold in her decision-making. She is passionate about North Ayrshire and its residents and together we have delivered progressive and innovative projects which we are both immensely proud of. We will miss her energy and motivation and I wish her well for the future.”
The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has appointed Hugh Grover as its new chief executive. He will take up office from 1 October 2018 and his responsibilities will include all the functions of chief executive, accountable officer and he will also act as the principal adviser to the board. He will succeed John Foley who stepped down in August 2017, following which the SPA decided to announce the post of chief executive as redundant and that the director of forensic sciences will report directly to the board.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s chief executive Martin Whitley has moved on from the authority. He stepped down from the authority leaving behind a very few senior members. Commenting on this move, James Palmer, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, said: “Martin Whiteley has worked with me and council leaders to deliver the momentous devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. These two years have been crucial in getting our priorities and plans into place for delivery of our promises to the local community. Martin has now decided that the time is right to move on to new challenges and I wish him well in the future. It’s now time to recruit a new chief executive to take us into a new phase of accelerated delivery over the next few years.”
Colne Town Council’s chief executive Colin Hill has resigned from his post. He had served the council for two years. He had also served as a former local government officer at Burnley Council and was responsible for buildings, markets and town centre management. Commenting on his decision, Colin Hill said: “I have really enjoyed being chief executive of Colne Town council. It has been great fun and very rewarding overseeing it progress as it took on major new responsibilities. I am staying on until mid-December to ensure a smooth handover. It is time for me to stand down, spend some time with my wife family, some of whom live overseas, take stock and decide what I do next. I shall miss Colne and its wonderful people.” The council is now looking for two new senior staff in the form of a new chief executive and a financial officer.
Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) chief executive Dr Richard Judge has decided to stand down from his post, after serving the organisation since 2014. He has been instrumental in leading the organisation through various improvements in its regulation. Speaking about it, Martin Temple CBE, Chair of HSE, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Richard for his important contribution to our organisation and to helping to protect workers and the environment, and wish him well in the future.”
Stirling Council chief executive Stewart Carruth has stepped down from his post. He has served the council since 2013. Commenting on this sudden announcement, Council leader Scott Farmer said: “Carruth is leaving the council ready and looking forward to embracing the challenges of the future wishing him success for the future.” Depute chief executive Carol Beattie will take over as interim chief executive with immediate effect.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has appointed Brian Johnson as the agency’s new chief executive. Johnson will succeed Sir Alan Massey who will step down on 31 October 2018. Johnson began his career as a chemical engineer in Imperial Chemical Industries and then moved to Tate and Lyle, designing and managing manufacturing plants. He also worked at Remploy in 2000, where he served as Operations Director overseeing improvements in manufacturing operations. He also served three housing associations as CEO and lately he led the turnaround of Metropolitan. Currently Johnson serves as interim chief operating officer at Abzena, a bio-pharmaceutical company.
Speaking about Brian Johnson’s recruitment, Department for Transport Permanent Secretary Bernadette Kelly said: “I’m pleased to announce that Brian Johnson has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. I look forward to working with Brian and am sure he will build on the excellent progress made by Sir Alan.”
Hounslow Council has appointed Niall Bolger as its new chief executive. Prior to this role, Bolger served as chief executive of Sutton Council for around eight years. Bolger will succeed former chief executive Mary Harpley who stepped down to become the chief officer of the Greater London Authority in May. She had served the council for over seven years.
Commenting on Niall Bolger’s appointment, Hounslow Council Leader Cllr Steve Curran said: “I am delighted to inform you that, following our final interview panel we have appointed Niall Bolger as our new chief executive.”