The latest new appointments in the social care
David Behan has been appointed as the chief
inspector for the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
Behan, who is the current president of the Association of Directors
of Social Services, will take up the post in a shadow form in
November before the commission officially begins work in April next
year. He will leave his job as social services director for
Hugh Dunnachie is the new director of social
services for Hillingdon Council. He starts his new job in November
leaving his current post as director of social services and housing
for Luton Council.
Anna Martinez has been appointed as
co-ordinator for the Sex Education Forum, based at the National
Children’s Bureau. The forum is the national authority on sex and
relationships education and has 49 member organisations. Martinez
previously worked in the teenage pregnancy team at Haringey Primary
Magda Conway, who previously worked as a
coordinator of a young people’s sexual health project in Brighton
and Hove, has been appointed as coordinator for the HIV forum for
children and young people, also based at the National Children’s
Home Office minister Fiona Mactaggart has appointed
Lindsay Driscoll as legal commissioner at the
Charity Commission, the body that registers and regulates charities
in England. Driscoll has worked as a charity law consultant to
solicitors Sinclair Taylor Martin in recent years and is author of
‘A Guide for Charities and Other Voluntary
Michael Greenwood, who is chief executive of
Tameside Council in Greater Manchester, is leaving his position
this month to take up a post with the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister. Greenwood will be working in the government’s north west
office in Manchester on projects relating to improvements in local
government. He has been a chief executive for 19 years, the last 13
Janet Orchard has been appointed as the first
female chief executive of Tameside council in Greater Manchester.
Orchard, a solicitor by profession, is currently the director of
corporate and customer services for Knowsley Council.
Vince Gaskell is leaving his post as change
director at the Child Support Agency to take up the position of
chief executive of the Criminal Records Bureau.
John O’Brien, who is deputy executive
director of the Improvement and Development Agency, is to leave his
post and join the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as director
of local government practice. He will take up his new post in
October following a handover period with incoming IDeA executive
director Lucy de Groot.
Catherine Jamieson has been appointed as head
of the homelessness partnership at Glasgow Council. Jamieson was
formerly chief housing officer with Moray Council.
John Harwood, who spent three years
establishing the Learning and Skills Council is retiring from his
post as chief executive in September. He is to be replaced in
October by Mark Haysom, the managing director of national
newspapers at the Trinity Mirror Group.
Trade and Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced the
appointment of three regional development agency chairs to take on
the roles from December. Richard Ellis will chair
the East of England RDA, Margaret Fay will lead
the RDA in the north-east while Terry Hodgkinson
will become chair of the Yorkshire and the Humber RDA.
Will Godfrey, head of resourcing at the Welsh
Local Government Association, has been appointed by East Hampshire
Council as its new chief executive.
Jim Gould has been appointed as director of social
services at Windsor And Maidenhead council, replacing Hilary Simon,
who retired after being on long term sick leave.
Gould is currently the deputy director of social services at
Cornwall council, and will take up the position on 1
Lyn Burns, strategic director (social services)
at Bedfordshire council has resigned from her post, saying the
“time is right for someone else to take up the role”.
Her interim director, Pat Nolan, has also stepped down after
changes in his personal circumstances. Another short term candidate
is being sought.
Liverpool council has appointed Tony Hunter to
be the new executive director, with responsibility for social
services, supported housing and community safety.
Hunter is currently director of social services, housing and public
protection at East Riding of Yorkshire council.
John Harris has been appointed by Hertfordshire
council as the new director of children, schools and
He is taking over from Ray Shostak, who will head
up a national drive to improve services to children as strategic
adviser (education) at the Improvement and Development
Harris worked for Westminster council for more than six years as
director of education.
The Improvement and Development Agency has appointed
Lucy de Groot as the new executive director. De
Groot is the director of public services in HM Treasury and
currently responsible for major areas of public expenditure, as
well as the delivery of public service agreements.
Nigel Druce, currently director of social services
in Cornwall council, is to be strategic advisor (social
Former director of strategy and communications at Mencap,
David Scott-Ralphs has been appointed as the new
chief executive of SeeAbility, a charity working with people who
have visual impairment and additional disabilities.
The director of social services at Wandsworth council in south
London, Mike Rundle is retiring this month after
14 years at the helm. His successor is Peter West,
who joins Wandsworth from Kensington and Chelsea where he was head
of community care.
Linda Milton, who has been the chief executive
of Waltham Forest Housing Association for five years, has been
appointed as chairperson of EroSH, the national consortium for
Milton takes over from Vera Brearey, who stepped down from the post
earlier this year.
Lesley Bloomer has been appointed as a new
non-executive member of the Scottish Commission for the Regulation
of Care (the Care Commission), and will take up her new post on 1
September. Bloomer recently stepped down from her position as a
director of Audit Scotland, where she had worked since 1997.
Three current members, Raonaid Cobban, Peter Cassidy and Caroline
Lindsay have all been re-appointed for a further period of three
Peter Dixon has been appointed as the new
chairperson of the Housing Corporation and he succeeds Baroness
Brenda Dean, who is standing down from the post after six
Dixon, who currently chairs the University College Hospitals London
NHS Trust and is a business consultant, will take over the post on