Deborah Cadman appointed to oversee Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils

Deborah Cadman CEO of Suffolk County Council ENGANL00120130710105514
Deborah Cadman CEO of Suffolk County Council ENGANL00120130710105514

Deborah Cadman has been brought in to keep watch over Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils while they look to replace outgoing chief executive Charlie Adan.

Ms Cadman, who is Suffolk County Council’s chief executive, will take the reigns on August 4 and is expected to spend one a day a week with the councils.

Ms Cadman will receive no extra payment for taking on the role, which is expected to last around six months, but the county council will receive payment for any expenses incurred.

In a joint statement, Leader of Mid Suffolk Nick Gowrley and leader of Babergh Jennie Jenkins said the appointment showed how well county and district councils could work together.

“We are fortunate that Deborah Cadman has agreed to provide us with additional support during this transition period,” they said.

“She will be working closely with our recently appointed Deputy Chief Executive Lindsay Barker and the wider leadership team.

“This arrangement reflects the excellent reputation we have for collaborative working in Suffolk and as the Devolution process develops this agreement provides both a practical and also cost effective solution for our two councils until we can appoint Charlie’s permanent successor.”

Ms Cadman said: “I am very pleased to agree arrangements to work with the leadership team at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and respective Leaders; Cllr Jennie Jenkins and Cllr Nick Gowrley to ensure that both authorities continue to deliver local services to residents.

“This temporary agreement is a clear demonstration that different levels of local government in Suffolk can work together to compliment the resources and experience available.

“With the full support of Suffolk County Council’s Corporate Management Team, I am confident that this arrangement will not detract from the leadership capacity of any organisation.”