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Key Cambridgeshire appointments confirmed by Full Council

15 December 2022

Michael Hudson has been appointed as Cambridgeshire’s Executive Director of Finance and Resources, following approval by its Full Council this week, where the appointment of Emma Duncan as the council’s new Service Director: Legal and Governance was also confirmed.

Both roles are statutory officers of the council, and as such needed Full Council approval.

Michael will be joining Cambridgeshire from Worcestershire County Council where he is currently Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Council’s corporate leadership team. Michael is also the current Vice President of the Society of County Treasurers, representing finance directors across all County Councils.

His role at Cambridgeshire, which is also the statutory section 151 chief financial officer, with overall responsibility for the financial administration of the council’s £937m (gross) budget, is a new one, developed as part of the senior management restructure led by the Chief Executive, Stephen Moir, which reduced the size of his senior team and increased its focus on Cambridgeshire.

The role’s responsibilities were expanded to include strategic resource management functions such as the delivery of information technology and customer services, alongside procurement and commercial services, and property and asset management.

Michael has previously held senior roles with Wiltshire Council and Hull City Council and has acted as a Department of Communities advisor on local government, worked for the Audit Commission and is a former director with special responsibility for local government within KPMG, the private sector accountancy and audit organisation.

“I am delighted to be joining Cambridgeshire County Council,” said Michael. “Now is the time and this is the opportunity I sought to stretch myself and lead teams that want to make a difference. I also think it is a fantastic time to be joining Cambridgeshire with the new leadership team, ambitious plans and new drive to work with partners to continually improve the area. I cannot wait to join in the Spring.”

Emma, currently Director of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and a qualified solicitor, replaces Fiona McMillian previously joint director of law and governance for both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils, who left both authorities at the end of November.

As the Council’s statutory Monitoring officer and its most senior legal advisor, Emma will have responsibility for elected member conduct issues, the management of the council’s democratic processes and a range of governance functions, including internal audit. Emma is both a former Lawyers in Local Government ‘Governance Lawyer of the Year’ and has been responsible for leading an award-winning MJ Legal Team of the Year.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at Cambridgeshire County Council at this exciting time and to be working with colleagues to deliver the Council’s priorities,” said Emma.

“Members were set the hard task to select the best candidates for appointment to these key roles working for Cambridgeshire,” said Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of the Council. “I am delighted that in both cases, following the recommendations from the Council’s cross-party Staffing and Appeals Committee, that their appointments were unanimously approved. Elected Members look forward to working with them both.”

“I am very pleased that Full Council has approved the appointments of both Michael and Emma – and that we will be able to benefit from their considerable experience, knowledge, and skills as part of the Council’s corporate leadership team. I’m really looking forward to them both joining and to working with them.” said Stephen Moir, Cambridgeshire’s Chief Executive.

Michael and Emma are expected to join the Council in spring 2023.