Salford City Council has recruited in two key posts.
Iolanda Puzio has been appointed as the City Solicitor and John Searle has been announced as the new Strategic Director for Place.
Iolanda Puzio is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer for Cumbria County Council. She will be joining the council by December and takes over from David Wilcock who is currently on a short-term contact at the council.
John Searle is currently the Director for Economy at Rochdale Council. He replaces Peter Openshaw who has been the interim Strategic Director for Place since Ben Dolan retired in March. John will lead on environment and community safety, planning and development as well as housing and neighbourhoods.
John has previously led on major projects including the £400m redevelopment of Rochdale Town Centre as well as the development Kingsway Business Park, a joint venture between public and private sector organisations. He also played a key role in the ambitious 20-year Northern Gateway Initiative.
Tom Stannard, Chief Executive at Salford City Council said: “I’d like to welcome Iolanda and John to the team. They were both chosen from a very competitive field so I would like to also say congratulations to them on their appointments.
“Iolanda and John bring a huge wealth of experience to Salford that will help to shape and deliver or local public services to improve the lives of the residents under the political leadership of the City Mayor.
“The overall aim is to connect local people to the growth in the city and create a better and fairer city. It is a very exciting time to be in this fantastic city.”
Iolanda said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as the City Solicitor at Salford City Council and cannot wait to start in my new role. I applied for the job as I am inspired by the values and progressive culture that Salford has adopted, it is such a forward-thinking organisation. My aim is to work with the team at Salford City Council to help to improve peoples’ lives in the city and make it a better place for all.”
John said: “Salford is a fantastic city with a great reputation and I’m proud to join City Mayor Paul Dennett and Tom Stannard and the rest of the team. Some of my key aims will be to provide more affordable homes for local people as well as leading some of the very exciting redevelopment projects in the city and bringing in some of my own experience to help shape projects as we move forwards. A huge part of this will be creating jobs, apprenticeship posts, growth and opportunities that local people and businesses can benefit from.”