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Wigan appoints new environmental services director
Saturday 17th October, 2009

Wigan appoints new environmental services director
Gillian Bishop

Wigan Council has appointed Gillian Bishop to the position of interim Executive Director of Environmental Services.

She succeeds Martin Kimber, who has been appointed chief executive of Rotherham Council, and starts on 1st November for 6 months.

Gillian is currently chief executive of the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NWIEP) based at Wigan Investment Centre and before that she was chief executive of Allerdale Borough Council in Cumbria.

She will carry out the role for 4 days a week, allowing her to retain overall responsibility for the NWIEP on her remaining day.

Joyce Redfearn, chief executive at Wigan Council, said: “We have appointed Gillian from a strong field of internal candidates. She knows the area well and she brings to the role a first class track record in improvement and environmental work as well as playing a key role in the wider region.”

Gillian has been at the NWIEP since September last year, working with the region’s councils on a series of improvement and efficiency programmes designed to ensure public services provide the best value for money.

As Allerdale’s chief executive for three years she was responsible for a range of environmental work, including town centre redevelopment and the Derwent Valley regeneration.

She also worked in Wigan from 1999 to 2004 as deputy chief executive at the North West Regional Assembly.
She said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work with elected members and officers in Wigan. This is an exciting time for local government and their partners, and I am pleased that I will be able to be part of the team over the next six months.”

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