Essex County Council announce Gavin Jones as new Chief Executive

Politics / Wed 14th Oct 2015 at 01:45pm

Gavin JonesGAVIN Jones has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Essex County Council, it was announced today at a meeting of Full Council (Tuesday 13th October).

Currently working as Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council, he will take up the role in January.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “Following a thorough and robust recruitment process, I am delighted to announce Gavin will be taking on what is one of the biggest and most challenging roles in local government.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience. At Swindon, he helped turn round the council, gaining a reputation for organisational development, partnership working and innovation. He has also held high profile positions in the private sector working for global companies within the telecommunications, travel and IT Industries.”

Gavin initially joined Swindon Council in 2003 as Deputy Chief Executive, working alongside the interim Chief Executive to help stabilise what was at that time a failing authority. Since his appointment as Chief Executive in 2006, he has driven a programme of improvement and transformation, helping secure savings of more than £300m and raising the profile of the Council.

Prior to taking up the role at Swindon, Gavin worked in a variety of roles across the private sector, including SITA, the world’s leading air transport communications company where he acted as Vice President for Customer Service.

Gavin was listed as one of the top 50 ‘New Radicals’ in the Sunday Observer’s national campaign for Britain’s most innovative leaders and is regularly voted one of the most influential leaders in Local Government. In Essex, he will be paid a salary of £195,000.

Gavin Jones said: “Essex is a fabulous county, rich in history but forward looking, and I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve as Essex County Council’s Chief Executive.

“During the recruitment process it quickly became clear to me that the Council’s elected members, staff and partners are not only passionate about their county but also ambitious for its future, and are absolutely focused on improving the lives of all Essex residents.

“I am very much looking forward to playing my part in that. I will bring commitment and energy to the role, and I know that in working collaboratively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders we have the ability to build on what has already been achieved and give the county an increasingly prosperous future. It won’t always be easy, but I am absolutely certain it can be done.”

He will take up his new role in January, with the Council’s existing arrangements for interim cover remaining in place until this time.

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2 Comments for Essex County Council announce Gavin Jones as new Chief Executive:

2015-10-20 22:35:25

£195k!!!! Cough, cough, cough! More than the Prime Minister is paid to run the Country! Essex already has the second highest number of Council Officers paid more the PM of all the authorities in the UK! Isn't time some money was spent on potholes and services rather than highly paid staff!

2015-10-20 22:36:14

£195k! No wonder he's smiling like a Cheshire Cat!!!

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