Deputy appointed to take up chief role on interim basis

16 September 2016

Councillors have appointed the deputy chief executive at South Cambridgeshire District Council to take up the chief executive role on an interim basis.

The appointment will give the Council time to recruit a permanent replacement, with councillors agreeing at a meeting of the Employment Committee yesterday (Thursday 15 September) that they will advertise externally to select a new boss from the biggest pool of talent available.

Councillors considered a range of options for the post at the meeting – choosing to go out to the market for a permanent replacement to make sure enough capacity remained in the Council’s leadership team to continue to deliver the best possible result and services for local people.

Deputy chief executive, Alex Colyer, will take up the chief executive role on an interim basis from when Jean Hunter leaves the Council on Friday 21 October after six years at the helm. It is expected to be up to nine months.

The Council has already cut senior management by more than a third over the past four years.

Cllr Pippa Corney, chairman of the employment committee, said: “On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Jean for her many years of dedication and hard work she has put in for the communities of South Cambridgeshire. There is no doubt she will be a hard act to follow but this is another challenge we must rise to. Alex Colyer has worked very closely with Jean as her deputy and his appointment will ensure we have continuity of service during a period of huge change.

“The Council is currently embarking on a shared service programme with two other neighbouring councils and is actively engaged in negotiations with Government over a devolution deal that would see millions of pounds of additional funding and greater responsibilities handed down to a local level.

“Making sure the Council has enough capacity in the senior management team to address all the challenges we are facing is vitally important and we are determined to make sure we appoint the right person to continue to move the Council forward for the benefit of everyone locally.”

The employment committee decision to appoint Alex Colyer on an interim basis is subject to a Council vote on Thursday 22 September.