Babergh and Mid Suffolk's chief executive to leave for Kingston in August

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 April 2016

Charlie Adan

Charlie Adan

Charlie Adan, chief executive of Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils will be joining the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in August, it has been announced.

Ms Adan has been appointed as the borough’s chief executive, after spending five years in the same position in Suffolk.

During that time she oversaw the integration of the award winning ‘smaller, smarter, swifter programme’, which transformed the workforces of Babergh and Mid Suffolk into one shared service.

A spokesman for Kingston Council said: “The recruitment panel interviewing Charlie quickly recognised that her transformational and leadership experience will successfully drive a different, though equally ambitious, change programme for Kingston,” while Kevin Davis, leader, said Ms Adan was the right choice.

Mr Davis said: “Charlie has the proven transformation skills to introduce the changes needed to make Kingston Council a local authority fit for the future. She has a real passion for resident engagement and understands that residents come first.

“She brings a savvy commercial head and social heart which will help secure Kingston’s reputation as being the best place to live and work. This is an exciting new chapter for Kingston.”

Ms Adan said: “The Royal Borough of Kingston has a clear sense of purpose to deliver a better and brighter future for its residents.

“I’m very excited about my new role and working together with the council’s senior leaders who have such a positive approach to meeting future challenges. My experience in managing complex change programmes will help to fulfil our ambitious vision and long-term focus on growth and engaging communities.

“My previous work at the cutting edge of public service reform in two district councils and across Suffolk public services provides a fantastic launchpad for this new role.”

Derrick Haley, leader of Mid Suffolk said: “We will be sorry to see Charlie leave, but we are delighted that she has been appointed to such a prominent new role.

“Since her appointment as joint chief executive five years ago, Charlie has been hugely successful in guiding the workforce of both councils through our ground-breaking integration and transformation process.

“Indeed, I have personally learned a lot through working closely with Charlie and am grateful that through all her efforts, she will leave behind a strong and dynamic organisation as her legacy, and her successor will be able to start from a solid foundation.”

Jennie Jenkins, leader of Babergh District Council said: “It has been a privilege to work closely with Charlie over the last five years and there is no doubt that her hard work and determination has helped to put both Babergh and Mid Suffolk at the forefront of collaborative and transformational ways of working.

“By working constructively with all our partners and external stakeholders, Charlie has ensured everyone remains focused on delivering the very best outcomes for all our communities. We wish her every success in her new role.”

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