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Suffolk: Deborah is county’s new chief executive

PUBLISHED: 21:10 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:33 19 October 2011

Deborah Cadman

Deborah Cadman

SUFFOLK County Council tonight appointed Deborah Cadman as the authority’s new chief executive.

Her salary will be £155,000 a year – more than £60,000 less than that paid to her predecessor Andrea Hill.

The announcement was made this evening after a day of interviews in Ipswich followed by a meeting of the county’s staff appointments board which recommended Ms Cadman’s appointment.

It was then ratified by members of the county’s cabinet who were standing by to formally approve the appointment.

Ms Cadman is a former chief executive of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and is currently chief executive of EEDA which is currently being wound up by the government.

Following her appointment, Ms Cadman said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be offered this role which for me is the most exciting job in Suffolk.

“The political direction at Suffolk County Council is clear and I want to work with the leadership, and with staff, who I know have a genuine commitment to delivering for the people of Suffolk.

“Throughout my career I’ve been committed to making a difference in the public sector. I’m going to use my experience and passion to make a difference for the whole of Suffolk.”

Suffolk County Council is seeking to lower the bar on public sector pay. The new chief executive will therefore be paid £155,000 per year and there will be no bonuses or annual pay increments. This salary is £63,592 less than the previous post holder was paid.

Suffolk County Council’s leader, Councillor Mark Bee, welcomed Deborah’s appointment. He said: “Deborah is a first class chief executive and brings with her a wealth of experience that will help us overcome the challenges we face.

“I’m very much looking forward to working as a team with Deborah and developing a strong partnership approach across Suffolk and with all of our partners.

“Deborah understands the way people in Suffolk live and do business and I’m confident that her pragmatic approach to solving issues will be well received.

“Suffolk is a fantastic county and the people who live and work here deserve an efficient local authority that delivers good value for money services.

“The county council is, and does, exactly this – but maybe people haven’t felt that in the past. I want to continue the work we’ve started to restore public confidence in Suffolk County Council and allow our staff to get the recognition they deserve. Deborah is just the person to help us do that.”

For full details and an interview with the new chief executive, see tomorrow’s newspaper.

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