Chief declines post

Chris Fogarty reports

M Lambeth Council chief executive Heather Rabbatts has been forced to give up a £60,000 private directorship job after objections from councillors. Rabbatts, a barrister, wanted to take up an offer to sit on the board of Centrica, the gas supply and trading arm of British Gas, for a three-year term. However, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors were concerned about potential conflicts of interest and the impact on her council work.