Career Moves – Wigan, North Somerset, Hertfordshire, North Ayrshire and more
Wigan chief executive to retire
Wigan Council’s chief executive Donna Hall has confirmed that she will retire next year.
Hall joined the council in 2011 as deputy chief executive, and took over the role of chief executive six months later, and has been a national voice in local government and has done significant work in the greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Commenting on Hall’s decision, Councillor David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Donna has given incredible service to Wigan over the past eight years and we certainly wouldn’t be the council we are today without Donna serving as chief executive. On behalf of the council, all councillors, staff and the people of the borough I would like to place on record our gratitude to Donna for what has been a remarkable eight years in Wigan.”
Lancashire County Council appoints new chief executive
Lancashire County Council’s employment committee has mutually recommended the appointment of Angie Ridgwell, who has served as interim chief executive for nearly 10 months, as the council’s new chief executive and director of resources.
Ridgwell served as director general for Finance and Corporate Services at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She has also worked at various local authorities such as Bristol City Council, Thurrock Council, Coventry City Council and Bridgnorth District Council. She also served as an associate at KPMG. She has experience of working at North East Lincolnshire Council and as executive director at the London Development Agency advising the board and Mayor of London on regeneration and economic development strategies.
New chief executive appointed by North Somerset Council
North Somerset Council has appointed Jo Walker as its new chief executive.
Walker currently serves as Gloucestershire County Council’s strategic director of finance and support services and will take up office in January. Walker will succeed Mike Jackson who has moved to Bristol City Council.
Commenting on Walker’s appointment, Nigel Ashton, North Somerset Council leader said: “We had a strong selection of candidates to choose from, but Jo particularly impressed us with her experience and her approach. Her financial expertise will be of huge benefit as we continue to work hard to deliver much-valued services to our residents.”
New boss for Hertfordshire County Council
Hertfordshire County Council has recommended Owen Mapley as its new chief executive. He joined the council in 2016 as director of resources and has been the chief officer overseeing the council’s libraries and heritage services.
David Williams, leader of the council, said: “We are delighted to recommend Owen Mapley as the chief executive of Hertfordshire County Council. Since joining the council from the Home Office in 2016, he has made a significant contribution to the council’s senior leadership as the director of resources. Owen will succeed John Wood who has spent 27 years with the council – including the last six years as an outstanding chief executive.”
Bridgend Council chief to leave local authority
Bridgend County Borough Council’s chief executive Darren Mepham will be stepping down from his role in 2019. He will be moving to Barnet and Southgate College as chief executive. He will remain in the role until January.
Commenting on Mepham’s decision, Councillor Huw David, BCBC Council’s leader said: “I’d like to congratulate Darren on his new role, and thank him for his sterling efforts of the past six years. We have always been an ambitious council, and continue to have a lot of transformative change underway. This includes developments with the change in health board, working through difficult financial challenges to agree a balanced budget, exploring further collaboration with our neighbouring councils, and much more. With the chief executive still with us until the New Year and a very strong team of experienced senior managers in place across the organisation, I am confident that our ambitious programmes will all continue to move forward in the meantime.”
Chief executive Penny James leaving Taunton Deane Borough Council
The Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Council’s Chief Executive Penny James has announced her exit after 18 years at the council.
James commented: “I’ve put my heart and soul into the role and the community and it was time to think about new challenges. It’s the right time for the council. There’s going to be a new council, a fresh start. I’m leaving it in a really good place. I’ve enjoyed bringing the two councils together, setting up the design of the new council. I’m proud the overall design of the transformation delivers a sustainable future without reducing services to our community.”
BCBC chief exec leaves to take up new post
Bridgend County Borough Council’s chief executive Darren Mepham has revealed that he will be stepping down from his role in early 2019 to take up the chief executive role at Barnet and Southgate College in North London. He served the council for six years.
Commenting on the Mepham’s decision, Cllr Huw David, Leader of BCBC said: “I’d like to congratulate Darren on his new role, and thank him for his sterling efforts of the last six years. We have always been an ambitious council, and continue to have a lot of transformative change underway. With the chief executive still with us until the New Year and a very strong team of experienced senior managers in place across the organisation, I am confident that our ambitious programmes will all continue to move forward in the meantime.”
Craig Hatton to replace Elma Murray as chief executive at North Ayrshire Council
North Ayrshire Council has promoted Craig Hatton as chief executive. He has served the council for nine years and will succeed Elma Murray. Hatton currently serves as the executive director of Place offering services such as housing, roads, building services and street scene.
Commenting on Hatton’s appointment, Joe Cullinane said: “I would like to congratulate Craig on being appointed as chief executive. I’ve worked closely with him since becoming Council Leader and know how committed he is to delivering the best possible services to the people of North Ayrshire. Craig brings strong leadership, enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to the role – all of which will be crucial as we explore new directions and fresh perspectives during what is a crucial time for local government in Scotland.”
New council chief looks forwards to role
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has appointed David Burns as its new chief executive from 1 November. Prior to this role, Burns served South Ayrshire Council as executive manager and his responsibilities included culture and leisure, community planning and engagement, performance management, internal audit, children and young people’s services and public affairs.
Commenting on his appointment, Burns said: “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to work for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. I am excited to be joining a warm, welcoming and ambitious council and look forward to serving our communities. As well as meeting my own career ambitions, this move gives me an opportunity to bring my wife ‘home’ while our children are excited to learn new skills and hobbies in this beautiful country.”
Camden Council’s chief executive Mike Cooke announces retirement after seven years
Mike Cooke, Camden Council’s chief executive has announced that he is stepping down from his role after seven years of service. His last working day will be 31 March 2019. Cooke was previously HR Director at the council before replacing Moira Gibb as chief executive in 2012. A successor will be appointed by mid-January 2019.
Norfolk councils set to name first joint MD
Broadland and South Norfolk Council have hired Trevor Holden as their first joint managing director. Holden previously served as chief executive at Breckland Council and as an interim shared chief executive at Breckland and South Holland. He currently serves as chief executive at Luton Borough Council and may take up his new role in in 2019. Holden will succeed Phil Kirby at Broadland and Sandra Dinneen at South Norfolk.
The new appointment will see the establishment of a joint officer team, although the councils will remain autonomous. Commenting on Holden’s appointment, Shaun Vincent leader of Broadland District Council said: “We are very pleased to recommend the appointment of Trevor to both councils on Thursday. Trevor has an incredible track record and we believe he is the ideal person to deliver first-class services for us in a forward-looking environment. He is in every way what we need to lead this historic collaboration as we work ambitiously to bring greater prosperity to our combined area.”