County council appoints new chief
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