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Council appoints new chief executive

Herefordshire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chief executive.

Alistair Neill, currently the chief executive of Southampton City Council, was appointed last Friday 23 November, after a recommendation from the council’s employment panel was agreed at a full council meeting.

Prior to his two years in Southampton, he was the chief executive of Merthyr Tydfil Council, which through his leadership, was transformed from being the worst to the best performing council in Wales.

He has also held senior leadership posts in the private sector including BP and Unilever.

The leader of Herefordshire Council, John Jarvis said: “I’m delighted to welcome aboard Alistair as our new chief executive.

“There was a strong field of candidates, but the employment panel unanimously agreed that Alistair’s previous track record and experience are the right ones to lead the organisation through continuing economic challenges”.

Alistair said: “I’m delighted to be joining Herefordshire Council; the organisation has a tremendous long list of successes to date and a strong future ahead.

“It’s clear that the whole council understands the critical role it has to play in making the most of opportunities whilst operating in a rapidly changing environment that is becoming more and more challenging, as is the case for councils up and down the country.

He’s looking forward to pulling on his experience in both the public and private sector to deliver improved outcomes for residents; this will involve the council taking a strong role in the delivery of ‘core’ future services ensuring a consistently high standard.

Alistair and his family live in Abergavenny, Wales and he will take up his post in March next year.