Lancashire County Council has appointed Steve Gross to the post of executive director of adult services, health and wellbeing.

Gloucester City Council has appointed former Gloucester Rugby captain Adam Balding as its coordinator for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Balding, who retired from playing last year, spent two seasons as skipper of the Aviva Premiership club.

Spencer Palmer is leaving his post as head of highway operations at Kent County Council to join London Councils as the group's director of transport and mobility.

Barnet Council has appointed Nicola Francis as family services director.

Francis was formerly head of the children's department at Pembrokeshire County Council, a role she left in June.

Rachel North will join Tewkesbury Borough Council as deputy chief executive in August as part of an organisational restructure of the authority.

The Care Quality Commission has appointed Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe as its first chief inspector of adult social care.

Lisa Christensen has stepped down as director of children's services at Norfolk County Council following an Ofsted report that criticised the authority's safeguarding services and "ineffective" schools support.

North Somerset Council has confirmed Mike Jackson will become its new chief executive.

Alan Wood, director of children's services at the London borough of Hackney, has been confirmed as the new Government-appointed commissioner to oversee the improvement of children's social care in Doncaster.

Christine Gilbert, interim chief executive of Brent Council, has become the new schools champion for neighbouring Haringey.