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Torridge Councillors approve new Chief Executive

Steve Hearse Chief Executive

Torridge District Councillors have approved the appointment of Steve Hearse as the Councils new Chief Executive at a Full Council meeting earlier this week. Steve was appointed by Councillors as interim Head of Paid Service in April this year and has led the senior management team during the recent Covid-19 crisis, coordinating the Councils response and assistance for businesses and vulnerable individuals. Prior to that he was the Councils Strategic Manager - Resources and has been with Torridge full time since 2014 with a period before that as joint Head of Finance covering both Torridge and North Devon Councils between 2012 and 2014.

Regarding his new appointment Steve said: I am very grateful to Councillors for confirming their faith in me and endorsing my appointment at their meeting. There have been a lot of challenges in recent months with the corona virus pandemic disrupting the lives of so many of a our residents, visitors and even our own staff. However Councillors and officers have worked really well together and achieved so much in a very short space of time, which I know has been appreciated by many. I am confident that we will be able to continue this positive and constructive working relationship into the future as we continue our vigilance regarding the virus but also look forward to many projects to rejuvenate and re-launch the economy in Torridge."

Leader of the Council - Councillor Ken James said:

"I very much welcome Steve to his new post and confirmation as Chief Executive at Torridge following the recruitment process we initiated. We have already worked well together in recent months and supported by fellow Councillors and the management team have achieved a lot in difficult circumstances. We have made sure that supporting our businesses and vulnerable people has been a priority and for example were one of the first Council's locally to distribute emergency business grants. I look forward to working with Steve to continue building on recent achievements and towards the ambitious investment projects we already have in the pipeline such as the £9.7M bid for grants to transform the heart of Bideford. My congratulations again to Steve."

30 July 2020