We all know (I hope) that Cornwall Council has appointed a new CEO, Kate Kennally. Kate will take up her new role on January 11th after leaving Barnet Council. This has not been the only change implemented as there have been other changes to the Cornwall Council Corporate Directors.
The first is Michael Critch taking early retirement. Michael has been the Corporate Director for Economy, Enterprise and Environment. I would like to wish Michael all the best on his next adventure whatever that may be.
Following the retirement of Michael, Paul Masters (was the Corporate Director for Communities and Organisational Development) will take over as the Interim Corporate Director for Economy, Enterprise and Environment. Trevor Doughty, the Corporate Director for Education, Health and Social Care remains in his current position. And is the Head of Paid Services (basically the CEO) until Kate takes up her role.
That leaves one position left to fill. This is for the Corporate Director for Communities and Organisational Development. A Selection Panel was formed to appoint an interim Corporate Director for this position, and from that panel meeting, they have appointed Cath Robinson as the Interim Director.
Cath, is currently the Head of Business, Planning and Development, and has extensive experience of working in local government. She joined the former Cornwall County Council on a youth training scheme straight from school. She brings a wide understanding of the issues and opportunities facing Cornwall and the services provided by the Council. Cath will take up her new role with immediate effect. This appointment has been made for a period of up to 12 months and is subject to review by the new Chief Executive.
I really welcome Cath’s appointment to this role. She has consistently proved her worth as the 151 Officer (in charge of all the cash), and will do a sterling job as one of the Corporate Directors.