Cambridgeshire County Council's Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).
He leaves the County Council after seven years at the helm and will take over at the LGA from Carolyn Downs, who is set to take over the post as Chief Executive at Brent Council in the autumn.
Mark Lloyd became Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council in 2008; while prior to that he was Chief Executive of Durham County Council.
In Cambridgeshire he has focused on economic growth including the agreement of a Â£500m City Deal. He has also led the development and implementation of LGSS, Local Government's largest shared services operation "“ spanning five local authorities and counting. Mark is a Trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, a Board Member at Anglia Ruskin University and was a Member of the Independent Service Transformation Panel.
He said: "The last seven years in Cambridgeshire have undoubtedly been the most rewarding of my career. I am tremendously proud to have been the Council's chief executive during a time of such fundamental change.
"The County Council has done a brilliant job of responding to the county's rapid growth, increasing service demands and reducing budgets. County Councillors and Council colleagues have risen to every challenge they have faced. It's been a huge pleasure working with them all and with our partners in other public services, the county's amazing businesses and people in the county's voluntary and community sector who make such a big contribution to ensuring Cambridgeshire is a great place to call home.
"The LGA is the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government. My contribution at a national level will be grounded in my experiences in Cambridgeshire "“ and the county will continue to be my family home.
"I know how tough things look over the next five years. I want to ensure that the LGA is fighting for local communities when it comes to financial agreements with central government, devolution deals and driving economic growth, job creation and tackling housing shortages."
Cllr Steve Count, the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council added: "Mark is an outstanding chief executive. We're tremendously sad about his impending departure from Cambridgeshire but take some solace from the fact he'll be working on behalf of all of Councils in his new role. The LGA couldn't have made a better appointment.
"I will be working with the Council's other political leaders in the days ahead to shape a plan to plug the big gap Mark will leave when he takes on his new national role in the Autumn."
LGA Chairman Cllr Gary Porter, said: "Mark's local government expertise, skills and knowledge developed in previous high profile roles in the East of England, the North East and the North West will be invaluable in continuing to work with local authorities across the country and with national government to ensure the LGA's strong united voice helps our members continue to meet their challenges.
"Mark proved himself to be a standout candidate among a high calibre group. I look forward to working with him to continue to drive forward the key issues for our members on further devolution, fair funding and securing a sustainable adult social care system."