Steve Mawson will take up the top job at Kirklees Council following the approval of his appointment at a meeting of elected members held on Friday 18 August.
Councillors led the search for the new Chief Executive after incumbent Chief Executive, Jacqui Gedman, announced her retirement in March. A unanimous decision by the council’s cross-party Appointments Panel meant that Mr Mawson’s name was put forward for approval at the Extraordinary Full Council Meeting.
Mr Mawson will join Kirklees from Gloucestershire County Council where he currently works as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Corporate Resources. His responsibilities at Gloucestershire include setting the council’s long-term vision as well as responsibility for the authority’s finances, IT, property portfolio, communications and human resources. Mr Mawson also has 15 years’ experience with Doncaster Council where he served as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr Mawson is due to take up his post at the beginning of October but is already working with the council’s senior leadership to ensure a seamless transition into the role.
Acting Leader of Kirklees Council, Councillor Cathy Scott, said:
“I’m really pleased that Steve’s appointment has been approved by council. Steve has extensive experience in local government and an impressive record of success. He is the right person to help us deliver on our priorities and was the unanimous choice of the Appointments Panel.
“At the outset of the recruitment process, we were clear that we were looking for someone who could help deliver our vision for Kirklees. We’re confident Steve can work with our staff, partners and communities to do exactly that. Steve’s extensive experience coupled with his financial expertise will also be major assets for Kirklees as we move forward through the economically challenging times faced by councils across the country.”
Steve Mawson, added:
“It’s an honour to be appointed as Kirklees Council’s Chief Executive. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead council staff and assist the council leadership in delivering on the ambitious and robust plans for the future of Kirklees. My focus is firmly on that and on providing stability in the uncertain times we are facing.
“I am thoroughly enjoying my time so far in Kirklees and I can’t wait to spend more time getting to know the team and getting involved in our communities.”