New appointment to help councils guard against cyber-attacks


The appointment of an information security officer is set to help Scottish local authorities guard against the increasing risk of sophisticated cyber-attacks.

A champion for LEPs


Warren Ralls explains why his appointment to the Institute of Economic Development will help bring LEPs and local authorities even closer together.

New omdudsman chief executive officer announced


Nigel Ellis has been announced as the new chief executive officer for the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO).

Hughes is new Urban Transport Group chair as Tees Valley joins


The new chair of the Urban Transport Group has welcomed the Tees Valley Combined Authority as a new associate member and is looking to expand the group further.

Stockport chief to head up Manchester's 'super' council


The chief executive of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has been confirmed as the first chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

New shadow devolution minister pledges to 'champion' local government


The former leader of Oldham MBC, Jim McMahon, has been appointed as the new shadow local government and devolution minister.

Jay to chair child sexual abuse inquiry


The Home Secretary has appointed Professor Alexis Jay as the new chair of the Government’s beleaguered child sexual abuse inquiry.

Amanda Spielman appointed next chief inspector at Ofsted


Amanda Spielman has been officially confirmed as Ofsted’s next chief inspector, despite a cross-party group of MPs trying to block her appointment.

Cameron: Theresa May to be next PM tomorrow


Theresa May will become the next Prime Minister this Wednesday, Cameron announces.

MPs reject choice for Ofsted's new head


The government’s preferred candidate to head up Ofsted should not be given the role, a committee of MPs has said.

Chair of combined authority steps down


The chair of a combined authority in the North East has announced he will be standing down after more than two years in the position.

Natalie Bennett to step down as leader of Green party


The Green Party is set to elect a new leader after the announcement that Natalie Bennett will not stand for re-election in the autumn.

Former health secretary to head up Birmingham and Solihull health reforms


Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell has been appointed to oversee the transformation of health and social care in Birmingham and Solihull.

John Lewis boss secures role at the DCLG


The managing director of upmarket department store chain John Lewis has been appointed to a top position advising local government ministers.

LGA elects new president


Lord Kerslake has been appointed as the new president-elect of the Local Government Association (LGA).

Kerslake to head scrutiny charity


Lord Bob Kerslake, who rose from being CEO at two local authorities to become head of the civil service and permanent secretary to the Department of Communities and Local Government, is to take up the position of chair at the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

Reynolds appointed shadow communities secretary


Emma Reynolds has today been appointed shadow communities secretary following a Labour frontbench reshuffule made in the wake of the party’s disastrous general election result.

New public health boss for west Yorkshire council


A west Yorkshire town hall has hired a new public health director to replace its retired boss.

Welsh council decides not to replace retiring chief executive


Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has voted not to replace its chief executive when Steve Merritt retires in August, saving over £150,000 this year.

Shared chief chosen for tri-council partnership


Matt Posser has been chosen as the new shared chief executive for the Dorset tri-council partnership.

Dorset leader quits ahead of trial


Dorset County Council’s leader has quit ahead of a trial over his alleged failure to declare interests in two property companies.

Cllr Sparks steps down from Dudley Council


David Sparks has announced he is to step down as leader of Dudley Council to focus on his national role as chair of the Local Government Association (LGA).

New director to help turnaround Rotherham


Rotherham Borough Council has appointed a new director of children’s services following the scandal of historic child sex abuse.

Anne Longfield chosen as preferred candidate for Children's Commissioner for England


Anne Longfield OBE, the current chief executive of 4Children, has been selected as the preferred candidate for the next Children's Commissioner for England.

Two directors replace chief executive role at Pendle


Two existing directors have been appointed by Pendle Council to the top management positions as part of a restructuring plan.

New joint CEO for Wychavon and Malvern Hills


Two local authorities in Worcestershire have agreed to share a chief executive.

Westminster completes management shake up


Westminster Council has unveiled a new look senior management team following a restructure.

First chief executive of Civil Service named


John Manzoni, currently the head of the Major Projects Authority, has been appointed as the first chief executive of the Civil Service.

Birmingham appoints new children’s service director


Birmingham City Council has appointed a new executive director of children’s services to spearhead ‘substantial change’ at the town hall.

Employers feel duty to developing young talent


Employers believe it is ‘their duty’ to help young people who are struggling to find work, according to a new survey.

Sir Merrick Cockell to join consulting group


Sir Merrick Cockell, outgoing chairman of the Local Government Association, will be joining PA Consulting Group as a senior advisor.

LGA Labour group elects new leader


The new leader of the Local Government Association’s Labour group has pledged to give councils a ‘stronger voice’.

Poll indicates public sector jobs creation


The public sector will see a recruitment drive in coming months as organisations attempt to plug skills gaps in keys areas like health and social care, according to a report.

Wandsworth Council cuts two cabinet posts


Two posts have been cut from the executive team at Wandsworth Council, as part of a cabinet reshuffle following the borough election.

Free councils from children’s director role, chiefs plead


Laws forcing councils to appoint a director of children’s services should be scrapped, local authority chiefs have claimed.

Councils more reliant on ‘white collar’ temps, figures show


The use of temporary staff by local authorities has increased by 2.7% over the past year, with more councils taking on highly skilled, professional workers, according to new figures.

Surrey IT boss takes helm at Socitm


The trade body for council IT professionals has appointed a new president.

New cabinet announced for Powys County Council


The new leader of Powys County Council has announced his cabinet, bringing back three councillors previously axed by David Jones.

Chief executive of NALC to retire


The chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), John Findlay OBE, has announced he is to retire next month.



Neil Prior and Joel Scott have joined CapacityGRID as Community Development Director and Marketing and Community Manager respectively.

Croydon Council appoints new director to spearhead regeneration


Croydon Council has appointed a new development chief to oversee the borough’s £3bn regeneration programme.

Former NHS man hired as firm's national director for health


Interserve has appointed Caspar Ridley as national director for health across its support services business.

Former teacher chosen as Portsmouth's head of education


A former deputy headteacher has been hired as Portsmouth City Council’s interim head of education.

Lancashire appoints public health chief


Lancashire CC has appointed a new director of public health to oversee development of local policies.

Lead officer appointed for Rotherham child exploitation inquiry


A former chief social worker adviser to the Scottish Government will lead an inquiry into historic cases of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Acting chief executive to be made permanent


Broxbourne BC is expected to appoint its current acting chief executive permanently.

Bi-borough appoints interim chief executive


Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and Kensington & Chelsea RLBC announce Nicholas Holgate as the new interim joint chief executive.

Caerphilly confirms appointment of former chief executive


The former chief executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council has been re-appointment to provide ‘stability’ in the wake of the pay scandal.

Lock lands top Norfolk children's role on interim basis


Former Leicester City chief executive Sheila Lock today appointed as new interim director of children’s services at Norfolk CC.

Norfolk appoints interim director to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services


Norfolk County Council has appointed a new interim director of children’s services, following a damning Ofsted report earlier this year.

Dacorum appoints its first female chief executive


Dacorum Borough Council has appointed Sally Marshall as its new chief executive.

South Ayrshire appoints new chief executive


Eileen Howat steps up to take the top role at South Ayrshire Council, having served with the authority since its creation in 1996.

Isles of Scilly appoints retired chief executive as interim head


The Council of the Isles of Scilly has appointed Barry Keel as its new interim chief executive and acting head of paid service.

Local Partnerships appoints new chief executive


Judith Armitt has been appointed the new chief executive of Local Partnerships, replacing Helen Bailey who left last December to work on the Mayor of London’s policing strategy.

Cornwall appoints interim chief


A panel at Cornwall Council has recommended Paul Masters be appointed interim chief executive.

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