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The new chief executive at CABE, Richard Simmons, will arrive in the Waterloo hot seat with plenty to think about. First will be the audit into the commission's governance, which may well recommend changes in procedure to ensure that potential conflicts of interest are not only properly managed but are seen to be properly managed. CABE chair Stuart Lipton, who completes five years in the role this August, is reported to be thinking about calling it a day, now that the new chief exec is in place. And CABE itself, apart from launching its new neighbourhood-inspired corporate strategy, is also busy thinking about where its new offices might be, given the likely demolition of its tower block location in the next couple of years. None of this should unduly worry Simmons, who is used to longterm projects. It took him 25 years to complete his PhD in urban history and economics - but, on the other hand, it didn't take long for him to become a qualified climbing instructor. Intriguingly, the CABE press release on his appointment says he is a life-long Manchester United fan 'in spite of being a Mancunian'. Naughty!

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