South Cambridgeshire District Council’s new Chief Executive starts next week
The new Chief Executive of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Beverly Agass, starts her new job on Monday (July 3).
Mrs Agass, a linguistics graduate with experience in the public and private sector, was until recently Chief Executive at South Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire.
Mrs Agass is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a background in organisational design and performance improvement. She worked for the John Lewis Partnership early in her career before joining local government.
Prior to taking up the role of Chief Executive at South Kesteven District Council in 2009, she held a number of local government senior management roles in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.
Leading on the strategic vision for the authority, Mrs Agass initiated key programmes to ensure the Council makes the most of opportunities to be inventive, flexible and responsive to local needs.
She also has significant experience of working with councillors and communities developing ambitious growth programmes – enabling new homes and creating new business opportunities by proactively and positively planning for future growth and regeneration.
Beverly Agass said: "I am delighted to be taking up my new role as chief executive with South Cambridgeshire. It is a very exciting time and I am genuinely looking forward to working on the challenges and opportunities ahead. I want to get to work with members, partners and staff to deliver the very best possible outcomes for residents and business. I am also eager to listen to our local communities and to hear first hand what is important to them."
Cllr Peter Topping, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Beverly can be assured of a warm welcome when she starts at South Cambridgeshire. Her broad range of experience in the public and private sectors will be invaluable in helping us drive forward our growth agenda while at the same time retaining South Cambridgeshire’s position as one of the most desirable and affluent places in the country to live. Considerable challenges lie ahead – not least the time when the authority must become self-sufficient without the benefit of government grants – but I am confident Beverly will rise to those challenges and continue the delivery of high quality services for the residents of South Cambridgeshire.”