New Chief Executive appointed at Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire County Council have announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive following a search involving the recently installed government commissioners.

Theresa Grant, who was Chief Executive at Trafford Council, will take on the role for two years at least.

The council, which is battling ongoing financial problems, has had a tumultuous few months after their previous interim Chief Executive stepped down, followed shortly after by his replacement in July.

I am delighted to be able to announce that we have selected a preferred candidate who I have no doubt has the experience, skills, leadership and expertise which we require here in Northamptonshire. There was an exceptional field of candidates for this role and we now look forward to moving through the next two years and the transition to unitary governance with such a distinguished chief executive in role.

– Matthew Golby, Northamptonshire County Council Leader

The government commissioners say they're confident that the new Chief Executive can deliver the changes they deem necessary to bring the council back from the brink.

I am very pleased to commend to council, for its endorsement, the appointment of Theresa Grant. Theresa has shown throughout her career that she is an exceptional chief executive and I have confidence is the right person to lead the organisation as improvements are put in place to deliver better financial management, governance and ultimately service outcomes for the people of Northamptonshire.

– Lead commissioner Tony McArdle