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Lawyers in Local Government names lead officers for special activity areas

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Lawyers in Local Government has appointed the lead officers for its special activity areas (SAAs) following what it called “a vibrant competitive process”.

The appointments are as follows:

  • Adult Social Care & Health: Lia Musto-Shinton of Wakefield Council;
  • Children’s Services & Education: Graham Cole of Luton Council;
  • Employment: Paul Hodgson of Hampshire Council;
  • Housing & Regeneration: Alison Stuart of BDT Legal;
  • Information Management: Mark Turnbull of Leeds Council;
  • Litigation and Licensing: Nicola Hartley of South Lakeland Council;
  • Monitoring Officers and Governance: Eleanor Hoggart of Lincolnshire Legal Services;
  • Partnership & Procurement: Ian Anderson of Hull Council;
  • Planning, Highways & Environment: Stuart Evans of Birmingham Council;
  • Junior Lawyers: Gurbinder Sangha of Herefordshire Council and Sam McGinty of NW Leicestershire Council.

LLG – the product of the merger of Solicitors in Local Government and the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors in April 2013 – has also bolstered its Communications team.

Emma Anderson from Wealden Council will support website communications and Gurbinder Sangha will work on social media. They join Communications Officer Nicholas Dobson.

LLG President, Mark Hynes of Lambeth Council, said: “It has been enormously energising to see such enthusiastic talent in all special areas coming forward from across the country. Our SAA leads have been appointed following an active and extremely well-subscribed competition process yielding an abundance of excellent candidates. We’re therefore entirely confident not only of having first rate people in place but also players who manifestly command the confidence of LLG’s membership.

“Furthermore, given the first class strength and quality of the competition pool the SAA reps will also be superbly supported by colleagues who are themselves leading lights in their various fields.

“Finally, we now have all the Branch Chairs in place which means that LLG is truly wired up to its membership in authorities across the land. So we’re now extremely well-placed not only to speak with authority in the corridors of central power but also to support the vital lawyers and governance officers at the coal-face as they work hard to make a real and creative difference to their local communities’.”