CEO appointed by Wiltshire Council after structure change

CEO appointed by Wiltshire Council after structure change

Published by Jack Deery at 4:24pm 29th June 2020. (Updated at 5:38pm 29th June 2020)

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It was announced at the beginning of June that the authority would be going from two Chief Executives to one.

Terence Herbert has been appointed Wiltshire Council's only CEO, after a change to their Tier 1 structure due to the impact of Covid-19.

It's thought that the decision would save the council £225,000.

It meant the Council had to hire one person out of either Alistair Cunningham OBE, who was Chief Executive Officer Place, and Mr Herbert

They have now announced that members of the Officer Appointments Committee panel approved Terence’s appointment on Friday (26th June).

They also approved Mr Cunningham's voluntary redundancy. 

Residents of Salisbury may be familiar with the outgoing chief, as he was Chair of the Recovery Coordinating Group during the Novichok poisonings.

Alistair Cunningham  OBE - Queens Birthday Honours 2019 (Wiltshire Council)
Alistair Cunningham played a key role in the response to the Novichok incident

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

"I'd like to thank Alistair for his commitment, hard work and leadership over the years, in particular in his role as the Chair of the Recovery Coordinating Group during the Salisbury incident. We wish him all the very best."

Terence Herbert has worked for Wiltshire Council for over nine years, having been in a number of different local government roles across the country. 

Cllr Whitehead added: 

"I am delighted Terence has accepted this position. He comes with a wealth of experience and a great understanding of Wiltshire and the communities we serve. In this new structure the Chief Executive will provide a focal point of leadership for the council’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and will support the council to refocus its future strategies and priorities. 

The response to COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the council’s financial position and this, together with the impact on our communities and our economy, will mean challenges that require us to evolve and change as a council to meet them. Myself and the cabinet look forward to working with Terence in this new role."

As part of Mr Herbert's role, he will work with the Leader and cabinet to help towards the county's recovery from the pandemic. 

He said: 

"I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and I look forward to continuing to work with the Leader, members, staff and our partners to bring resilience and stability to businesses and communities across Wiltshire during this challenging time. The recovery from this pandemic will be my overriding priority and I am proud to be able to undertake such an important role. 

I am sure that working alongside the excellent team here at the council we will continue to maintain and improve our position as one of the best councils in the country."

The new Chief Executive Officer role begins on July 1st

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