Former London borough CEO to join as second Dorset unitary council boss

Graham Farrant has been appointed as the chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) Council, joining Matt Prosser who was recently made boss of the second devolved authority in Dorset.

The Senior Appointments Committee recommended that Farrant is to be appointed to the role, with the recommendation to be taken to the full BCP Shadow Authority at its meeting on 17 October for full member agreement.

Farrant is currently the chief executive of the HM Land Registry and chief land registrar, and has previously held roles as CEO of Thurrock Council and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

He will become the second chief executive to the two unitary councils, which were given the green light by Parliament in May. On 1 April next year, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch councils will merge into one unitary authority following Christchurch’s failed High Court fight in August. 

Chairman of the Shadow Senior Appointments Committee Cllr Janet Walton said the committee believes Farrant “has the right skills to take the new council forward successfully.”

“We are confident that Graham’s extensive experience in both the public and private sectors mean he is the right person to take forward this exciting programme of change and transformation,” she added.

Matt Prosser, the current CEO of the Dorset Councils Partnership – which serves North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland councils – will become the chief executive of the second Dorset unitary council in April.

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