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Council appoints Lynne Livingstone Deputy City Manager


London City Council has appointed Lynne Livingstone as Deputy City Manager. Livingstone, who has been with the City since 2007, has been Managing Director, Neighbourhood, Fire and Children Services for the past 7 years and will assume the Deputy City Manager role immediately.

“Creating this role allows for a clear and strategic focus on our organizational culture and on high performance,” said City Manager Martin Hayward. “Lynne has provided leadership in the creation and delivery of our strategic plan and she has also worked with teams across the organization and throughout our community – this is experience that will serve the city well as she takes on this new role.”

Livingstone joined the City of London as the Director, Neighbourhood and Children’s Services in 2007.  Her experience as a public servant, however, dates back more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has a proven track record of developing and implementing large cross-sector projects that have been focused on the well-being of individuals, children, families and communities.

As part of this organizational change, the Human Resources function currently being led by Bill Coxhead, Managing Director of Corporate Services and Chief Human Resources Officer, will become part of the City Manager’s office, reporting in to Livingstone.  During the transition, Coxhead will continue to provide leadership to the HR team and will also support the recruitment for a Director, Human Resources, which will begin immediately.

“Bill has done an exceptional job since he was appointed to lead Human Resources,” said Hayward. “He will continue to play an active role in the leadership of this team and in the recruitment of a Director, Human Resources. His guidance and experience will be an integral part of establishing this team within the City Manager’s office.”

Coxhead began working in London in 1992, first as a landscape architect designing and building parks at  the Public Utilities Commission and then with the City of London, following annexation. Prior to leading Human Resources, Coxhead was Managing Director, Parks and Recreation for 6 years. He will continue to provide leadership to HR and support transitional projects until the end of January 2020, when he will begin a transition into retirement.