David Bull has joined Thurrock Council as director of planning and transportation. He was previously Birmingham City Council’s director for sustainability, transportation, employment and partnerships. Bull said: "Thurrock’s challenges are unique, wide-ranging and really exciting. If we get this right – and I’m sure we will – we will make Thurrock a fundamental and key part of the nation’s future."
Consultancy Iceni Projects has appointed Andrew Gale as a director. He joins from consultancy Drivers Jonas Deloitte, where he was a planning director.
Vivienne Ramsey has been appointed as the director designate of the London Legacy Development Corporation's planning policy and decisions team. From 1 October 2012, the legacy corporation will become the local planning authority for the Olympic Park and adjoining areas in Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Newham.
Emma O’Gorman has joined law firm Squire Sanders’ planning law team as an associate in its Leeds office. She joins from law firm Ashfords in Exeter.
Law firm Pinsent Masons has recruited Rebecca Warren to its Birmingham office as a legal director. She joins from law firm Clarke Wilmott, where she was director of planning. Warren said: "This is an exciting opportunity to join and help further develop what is already an extremely well-regarded and prominent planning team."
Tim Leunig will be leaving think-tank Centre Forum in early October to serve as a policy adviser in the Department for Education. Leunig is credited with being the architect of the coalition government’s plan to introduce a system of "land auctions" to boost development.
The chief executive of Bradford-based social enterprise Action for Business is retiring after six years in the post. Jenny Pupius will be replaced by Sam Keighley, formerly interim chief executive of community-led company Bradford Trident.
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