12 December 2007 | Paul Snell
Joyce Redfearn, the chief executive of Wigan Council, is to take over as leader of the Chief Executives' Task Group (CETG).
She takes up the helm of the body responsible for driving the efficiency and improvement programmes in local government, following the retirement of Rob Sykes, former chief executive of Worcestershire County Council.
Last month the government announced plans to merge the Regional Centres of Excellence (RCE) and Regional Improvement Partnerships into the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEP). The nine RIEPs will be running by the 1 April 2008 and will have three times the resources of the RCE (News, 15 November).
The CETG will include the chief executives of each of the RIEPs. Redfearn said in a statement: "I am determined that the CETG will provide real drive to the improvement and efficiency agenda as well as representing local authorities' interests at a national level."