Single leader appointed for two district councils

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COUNCILLORS at Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Council have a new chief executive - a single figure head to lead both councils.

Charlotte Adan, pictured right, has been appointed as the new joint chief executive, the first step in creating a single council for the Mid Suffolk and Babergh districts.

Charlotte, commonly known as Charlie, will start her new role in mid-May, and will receive a salary of more than £111,000.

Charlie, who lived in Lavenham for many years, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining two councils that have track records of always trying to do things better and who are responding to the squeeze being placed on public sector finances in such an imaginative and forward-thinking way.

“I’m also delighted to be returning to a part of the world that I know and love and look forward to giving my very best to the people of Babergh and Mid Suffolk.”

Starting her career as a lawyer, Charlie has worked in the private and public sector, and has more than 17 years’ experience working in local government.

She has experience in forging relationships with councillors and communities, and working with organisations to improve services and deliver value for money.

The six party group leaders from Mid Suffolk and Babergh said: “In short, she is a champion of change coming back to her roots.”

Plans to integrate the services of both councils - and possibly to create one single council - are a cost-cutting measure set to save the councils £1.3 million a year.