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New chief executive chosen for Aylesbury Vale

Archived press release

Date Published: 14/07/06

Aylesbury Vale District Council has appointed Andrew Grant as its new chief executive. Mr Grant, 47, will replace Richard Carr, who is leaving Aylesbury Vale District Council this week to become Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City Council. Cur...

Aylesbury Vale District Council has appointed Andrew Grant as its new chief executive.

Mr Grant, 47, will replace Richard Carr, who is leaving Aylesbury Vale District Council this week to become Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City Council.

Currently employed as Deputy Chief Executive of Cotswold District Council, Mr Grant has had 24 years local government experience in London and the south west.

Speaking about his new role, Mr Grant said: “I am very pleased to be joining AVDC as it prepares to break new ground and rise to some exciting challenges. I was attracted by its reputation for thinking ahead and providing good services and aim to build on this success for the benefit of everyone living and working in the district.”

Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “Andrew was appointed following a thorough recruitment process that involved many high quality candidates. These are very exciting times for our district with a number of key projects that are set to put Aylesbury Vale on the map as a great place to live, work and visit and I am convinced that Andrew’s leadership qualities and vision will be invaluable in helping us all to achieve our goals.”

Norman Skedge, Director of Environment and Planning, and Nigel Brooke, Director of Community Services, will assume the role of Joint Acting Chief Executive until Mr Grant takes the helm. He is expected to join AVDC in September.

Mr Grant joined Cotswold District Council in 1997 as Director of Community Services, before being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in 2005.

In addition to his deputy role, Mr Grant has overall responsibility for Cotswold’s five service groups: Environmental Services; Community Services; Customer Services; Development Services and Support Services.

He is currently leading Cotswold District Council on its business change programme to become more efficient and responsive to customer needs. Mr Grant has also been heavily involved in the management of major projects and, over the past four years, has overseen the development of two new leisure centres, totalling £12 million, and a £5 million museum refurbishment.

Mr Grant, who has a forestry degree, started out in local government as a housing officer. Married with two young children, he counts rugby union, cooking and the countryside among his favourite leisure pursuits.

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk