Wednesday, 18 July 2018

New chief executive for District Councils

A FORMER senior officer at South Oxfordshire District Council has been appointed its chief executive

A FORMER senior officer at South Oxfordshire District Council has been appointed its chief executive.

David Hill, who will also run Vale of White Horse District Council, will replace David Buckle when he retires later this year.

Mr Hill is currently chief executive at Humber NHS Foundation Trust and has 18 years of local government experience, including six-and-a-half years as a council chief executive.

John Cotton, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “David will be joining the councils at a very exciting time for local government in the county.

“With the wealth of local government experience and insight he will be bringing to the role, along with his previous knowledge of both districts, he is without doubt the right person to lead the councils through the challenges we’ll face and to bring further improvements to services.”

Mr Hill, who was strategic director of the district council from 2004 to 2007, said: “I am very grateful to both councils for offering me this role at such an important time for both the Vale and South Oxfordshire.

“Together with my wife, I am looking forward to returning to the area we lived in for many years. There is a huge programme ahead and I am really excited about leading a great team of staff and supporting both sets of councillors.”

Mr Buckle was made chief executive of South Oxfordshire District Council in 2000 and in 2008 also became chief executive of the Vale when the two councils began shared working arrangements.

• The two councils have a new joint phone number from Friday 20th May — 01235 422422. The South Oxfordshire emergency helpline number has changed to 01235 422410.

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