Surrey County Council and East Sussex County Council have appointed a joint head of procurement to maximising savings through effectively coordinating purchasing for projects.

Joanna David, the former as assistant director for commissioning of adult social care at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is to work on behalf of the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in

Cumbria County Council has confirmed the permanent appointment of Diane Wood as the authority's chief executive.

Mike Clarke, the former director of the London Libraries Development Agency, has been made head of library services for the three west London authorities that make up the Tri-Borough Partnership. 

Councillor Ian Monks has been elected as the new leader of East Dorset District Council.

The change follows the election of East Dorset's previous leader, Councillor Spencer Flower, as leader of Dorset County Council in May.

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.