Merton and Richmond welcome new assistant director of corporate governance

Merton and Richmond Councils announced the appointment of their new joint assistant director of corporate governance this week (5 September).

Paul Evans (45) will formally take up his new post at the end of September. The role will also assume the duties of monitoring officer for both councils.

Merton and Richmond are set to benefit from Paul’s extensive experience in local government. Paul joins Merton and Richmond from Liverpool City Council where he was city solicitor and monitoring officer. Paul was recruited to Liverpool City Council to lead a two-year programme to improve ethical standards, governance arrangements and political exchanges in a robust environment. For the first time ever at Liverpool, he delivered a three star assessment from the audit commission for governance arrangements which were described as exemplar by the Standards for England.

Prior to working at Liverpool City Council, Paul was strategic director of corporate services at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

Paul takes over the reins at Merton and Richmond from current assistant director of corporate governance Helen White, who is returning to her home country, New Zealand at the beginning of October.

Paul Evans said: I am delighted to be joining Merton and Richmond Councils. This is an exciting and challenging time to be in local government and I look forward to being part of a successful legal team and to oversee both councils’ corporate governance. There are clearly questions around how legal services will be structured in the future, and Merton and Richmond are already ahead of the game when it comes to effectively sharing legal services.”

Current assistant director of corporate governance Helen White said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Merton Council and setting up the shared legal service. It is very exciting to see the changes taking shape and the new joint team becoming a reality. I am happy to be handing over to someone as experienced as Paul, and am confident that he is the ideal person to lead the newly merged Merton and Richmond legal services team.”