Kensington and Chelsea CEO of RBC Barry Weird is to resign in the summer. Mr Quirk led the council’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, after agreeing to step down as chief executive of Lewisham LBC. He is the oldest senior council chief executive and has worked in local government in the capital for the past 45 years.
Sandy Hopkins will step down as chief executive of Southampton City Council at the end of this month as part of a restructuring of the council’s leadership team. Ms Hopkins joined Southampton in 2019 and was previously joint chief executive of Havant BC and East Hampshire DC.
In a message to staff, Ms Hopkins said she was “sad to leave a city and an organization that I am deeply passionate about”. She added: “In some ways the job of a general manager resembles that of a football manager – when the chairman decides a new approach is needed to win next season’s league, it’s time to coach to accept and move on.”
Oxfordshire CC is to start recruiting a new chief executive after its partnership with Cherwell DC broke down. Under the arrangement Yvonne Rees led both boards, but is now expected to return to her “substantive position” as chief executive of Cherwell, which she has held since 2017.
The partnership has been under threat since the Tories lost control of Oxfordshire in local elections last year.
North West Leicestershire DC has announced the retirement of its chief executive, Bev Smith, who has held the position for five years. She will leave the council at the end of April to take on a new role as chair of the Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales.
Stephen Young is to join Halton BC as Managing Director, leaving Lancashire CC where he is currently Executive Director of Growth, Environment, Transport and Community Services. He will succeed David Parr, head of Halton since 2004.
Havering LBC Chief Operating Officer Jane West was appointed Section 151 Officer and Managing Director of Resources at cash-strapped Croydon LBC.
Ms West will be tasked with presenting a financially sustainable budget by 2024 after council issued a Section 114 notice in November 2020.
Former Croydon Section 151 Officer Lisa Taylorwho stepped down in February 2021, is now acting strategic finance director at Birmingham City Council.
Ms West has held her current role since 2018, before which she was chief executive of One Source, the body set up by Havering and Newham LBC to provide their services to businesses.
Peterborough City Council has appointed Cecile Booth to the role of Acting Chief Financial Officer and Section 151 Officer following the departure of Pierre Charpentier, who resigned last month. Ms Booth most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the City of London Police, having started her career in the NHS as an internal auditor before moving into the local government sector.
Jon Abbey will take on the role of Director of Children’s Services at Islington LBC in the spring. Mr Abbey currently works as Managing Director of Camden Learning, a local partnership set up to benefit children and schools in Camden, and was previously Director of Children’s Services at Haringey LBC.
Kate McFarlane was appointed corporate director for place in Huntingdon DC. She will join the council from her role as deputy director for business and investment at Central Bedfordshire Council.
Sheffield City Council will host Kate Martin as executive director of the city’s future. Ms Martin joins Southampton City Council where she is the venue’s executive manager. Sheffield has also appointed Ajman Ali, who is currently an executive place manager at Hackney LBC, as executive director of operational services. Mr Ali worked in local government for 32 years and started his career working in Sheffield.