Career moves - Trafford, Harrow, Southampton, North Tyneside and more
Trafford Council has taken on board Sara Todd as its chief executive.
Todd, who currently serves as deputy chief executive at Manchester City Council, will take up office at Trafford Council in February 2019, where she will replace Theresa Grant and will take over the reins from Jim Taylor, chief executive at Salford who filled in for an interim basis.
Previously, Todd has worked for Bolton, Oldham, and Tameside councils and has been instrumental in planning, economic development, and regeneration.
Commenting on Todd’s appointment, Leader of Trafford Council Cllr Andrew Western said: “We received applications from some high calibre people, but Sara was the stand out candidate who impressed throughout the recruitment process and her appointment has the support of all political parties.”
Harrow Council is expected to appoint Sean Harris as their new chief executive. Due to his senior leadership roles at Bolton and Lambeth, he has been recommended to this role. If the councillors approve of this recommendation, Harris will succeed Tom Whiting, who served as acting CEO, following Michael Lockwood’s decision to step down.
Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said: “We were impressed by Sean’s leadership experience in a wide variety of local government contexts and by his track record of delivering outstanding public services. We are certain he will do an excellent job here.”
Powys County Council has recruited Dr Caroline Turner as its chief executive in 2019. Turner currently serves as assistant chief executive at Anglesey and has over 25 years of experience in the local government and has worked at Aberystwyth University as a politics tutor and for the Welsh Government.
Southampton City Council has brought on board Sandy Hopkins as its new chief executive.
Hopkins has been chief executive at Havant Borough Council since September 2007, and East Hampshire District Council since October 2009. She will take over the reins from the current interim chief Richard Crouch in 2019. In addition to her roles as chief executive of the two councils, she is also chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Chief Executives’ Group and a member of the Joint Chief Executives’ Group and the national Local Government Association (LGA) Chief Executive Officer Sounding Board.
Speaking about Hopkins’ appointment, City Council leader Chris Hammond said: “Sandy impressed us with her excellent track record, leadership experience, partnership approach, and ability to deliver innovative services. I am confident she has the skills and passion to take the city to the next level and lead us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
North Tyneside Council has appointed Paul Hanson as chief executive. Hanson previously served as deputy chief executive and was given the role of acting chief executive to replace the outgoing chief executive, Patrick Melia.
Speaking about Hanson’s appointment, North Tyneside’s elected mayor, Norma Redfearn, said: “I am delighted to confirm that Paul Hanson will be taking up the permanent post of chief executive of North Tyneside Council. Paul has been an integral member of our leadership team for the last 12 years, including in roles as director of community services and deputy chief executive. More recently, Paul has served as acting chief executive and he has demonstrated his ability to lead the council.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s chief executive Amanda Deeks has handed in her resignation and has announced that she will be stepping down in 2019.
Deeks joined the council in 2001 as director of corporate resources. She spent 17 years with the council and has decided to retire in 2019 in order to spend time with family and to pursue other interests. The search for a replacement will commence after the appointments and the employment subcommittee discuss the process of recruitment.
Commenting on her decision, Deeks said: “After 17 amazing years with South Gloucestershire Council, I have decided it is time for me to retire next year. During this time, it has been a genuine pleasure and privilege for me to have worked alongside the most incredible councillors and staff, all dedicated to serving our residents and making South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.”
Dorset County Council’s chief executive Debbie Ward will leave the council in December. The corporate director for environment and economy, Mike Harris will replace Ward following recommendation from the staffing committee. Ward joined the council in 2010 as director of adult and community services before becoming chief executive in 2012.
Commenting upon Ward’s efforts, Council leader Cllr Rebecca Knox said: “I would like to thank Debbie for the huge contribution she has made over the past eight years to Dorset County Council. As chief executive, she has led the organisation through a period of modernisation which has improved our efficiency, transformed the culture of the organisation, and enabled us to deliver better services for residents.”