Essex County Council has appointed Swindon Borough Council chief executive Gavin Jones as its new CEO.

Copeland Borough Council's chief executive Paul Walker has been made redundant with immediate effect after councillors agreed to scrap the post as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Ealing Council has named its new executive director for children, adults and public health.

Thurrock Council's new chief executive Lyn Carpenter has started work, saying the authority must find "creative ways" of managing the financial pressures it faces to avoid further salami-slicing of services.

St Helens Council has appointed Ian Roberts as deputy chief executive and director of finance.

Sunderland City Council chief executive Dr Dave Smith has resigned.

Salford-born Dr Smith joined the authority in 2005 and became chief executive in 2008. No reason has been given for his departure.

Tower Hamlets is set to appoint Will Tuckley as its new permanent chief executive and head of paid service.

The council will consider a recommendation from its Appointment Subcommittee to confirm Tuckley in the role on 26 August.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appointed London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) chairman Edi Truell as his advisor for pensions and investments.

Northumberland County Council's executive director local services has stepped down after a period of sick leave.

Barry Rowland, a former chief executive of Newcastle City Council, joined Northumberland in November 2012.

Swansea Council chief executive Jack Straw is to step down from the authority next year.

Straw, who has been at the helm since 2011, said he had always intended to step down by the time he turned 60.