A new Chair and Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network’s Chief Executives’ Group have been appointed.
Louise Round, Chief Executive of Tandridge District Council, formerly Vice Chair, has been appointed Chair, taking over from Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council.
Bill Cullen, Chief Executive of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, has replaced Louise as Vice Chair.
Before moving to work in Surrey, Louise worked in a number of London boroughs, most recently in Islington, as Corporate Director of Resources. A qualified solicitor with specialist knowledge in local authority governance and the law relating to social care and child protection, she has now put this to use in seeking to develop the roles district councils can play in the prevention and early intervention agenda and in safeguarding, in addition to the more obvious importance they have in leading and shaping our places.
Louise said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the DCN’s Chief Executives’ Group and to be taking up this role at such an important time for local government. I look forward to working with colleagues to highlight the hugely significant role district councils play to build better lives and stronger economies.”
Bill said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Vice Chair and to be supporting Louise and colleagues in the DCN from across the country in shaping the debate and profile of district councils in the areas of planning, housing, economic development and creating healthier communities.”
Louise and Bill said: “We would like to express our sincere thanks to Paul for the great role he has played in positioning the DCN at the forefront of debate nationally by promoting the excellent role district councils play in the delivery of local services.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The Chief Executives’ Group is a 22-person body made up of district council chief
- executives from across the country.
- The Chief Executives’ Group is elected every two years, and at the same time elects a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.
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