Proposals to share a Chief Executive with Peterborough City Council have been backed by a meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Councillors supported the proposals for the arrangement at their meeting held today, Tuesday, 13 October. 

Peterborough City Council will now meet tomorrow, Wednesday, to discuss whether to also back the arrangement which would see them share their Chief Executive Gillian Beasley.

The decision follows the announcement that current Cambridgeshire County Council Chief Executive Mark Lloyd is moving to the Local Government Association.

Council agreed that the new secondment arrangement should last an initial period of one year with a review after six months.

The meeting heard how the move could provide savings for both authorities as well as encourage better shared working and a stronger voice in fighting for the area at a national level.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Steve Count, said: "The meeting backed the new arrangement which will have great benefits for both councils. There will be a 12 month saving of around £144,000 and greater opportunities for sharing best practice, services and making sure our voice is heard loud and clear nationally. Cambridgeshire is the fastest growing County in the country that competes on the world stage while having to deal with significant financial cuts. The Chief Executive role is a challenging one and the Council would not enter into a shared arrangement if we thought this may harm our goal of doing what is best for the Cambridgeshire communities we serve. We know Gillian is extremely talented and have already worked closely with her on many projects. Mark Lloyd will be a very hard act to follow and has been instrumental in helping make sure Cambridgeshire has continued to prosper, even in a recession. We wish him well in his new job representing all Councils at the Local Government Association."

 

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