County coun­cil ap­points new chief

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NEW chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bucks County Coun­cil has been se­lected.

Rachael Shim­min OBE, whose ap­point­ment was an­nounced this week had been cor­po­rate di­rec­tor for chil­dren and adults ser­vices at Durham County Coun­cil since 2012. Ms Shim­min is re­spon­si­ble for a rev­enue bud­get of over £800mil­lion and a team of more than 3,000 peo­ple.

She was awarded an OBE for ser­vices to so­cial care in 2014.

Prior to tak­ing on the joint port­fo­lio of chil­dren and adults ser­vices, Ms Shim­min was di­rec­tor for a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing adult care, com­mu­nity safety, health, cul­ture and li­braries, Gypsy and Trav­ellers, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Leader of Bucks County Coun­cil Martin Tett said: “Fol­low­ing a rig­or­ous re­cruit­ment process, the Se­nior Ap­point­ments Com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that we of­fer the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive at Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil to Rachael Shim­min.

“Rachael was an ex­cel­lent can­di­date in what was a highly com­pet­i­tive re­cruit­ment process. She brings sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence in the key sec­tors of chil­dren’s ser­vices, adult so­cial care and health.

“Th­ese are all sec­tors that rep­re­sent both grow­ing chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the County Coun­cil, and Rachael’s skills will fur­ther strengthen the Coun­cil’s po­si­tion in th­ese ar­eas.”

Ms Shim­min said: “I am thrilled to have been of­fered the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive for Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil. This is an ex­cit­ing role and I very much look for­ward to work­ing with elected mem­bers, of­fi­cers and part­ners across the County to col­lec­tively meet our chal­lenges as well as cel­e­brat­ing our suc­cesses.”

Ms Shim­min will take up the role later in the year.

Her ap­point­ment is sub­ject to rat­i­fi­ca­tion at a full coun­cil meet­ing on April 28.

Ms Shim­min re­places Chris Wil­liams, who re­tired in March fol­low­ing 15 years in the role.

New role: Rachael Shim­min has been ap­pointed the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bucks County Coun­cil

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.