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Mark Lloyd appointed LGA chief executive

Mark Lloyd has been appointed the new chief executive of LGA, taking over from Carolyn Downs, who is off to take the top job at Brent.

He is currently the chief executive at Cambridgeshire County Council, where he focused on economic growth such as overseeing the £500m city deal.

He also led the development and implementation of LGSS, the sector’s largest shared services operation spanning five authorities.

Lloyd, whose start date at the LGA is still undefined, said: “I’m very grateful to the LGA’s political leadership for the opportunity to support them and councils across the country through the next phase of fundamental change.

“It’s clear to me that LGA is wholly committed to powerfully representing councils in Westminster and Whitehall especially in the face of huge budget pressures. Like councillors across the country, the LGA's Leadership is determined to ensure local areas get substantial devolution deals and support councils' efforts to drive economic growth, support job creation and tackle housing needs. It will be my privilege to draw upon my experience of running councils to help the LGA achieve objectives that matter to our member councils across the whole country."

He went on to say that councils play a “vital role in each and every community” and that local government has responded ‘brilliantly’ over the last five years to rising demands and reducing resources.

Commenting on the appointment, LGA chair, Cllr Gary Porter, said: “Mark's local government expertise, skills and knowledge developed in previous high profile roles in the east of England, the north east and the north west will be invaluable in continuing to work with local authorities across the country and with national government to ensure the LGA's strong united voice helps our members continue to meet their challenges.”

He called him a “standout candidate among a high calibre group” and looks forward to working jointly to “continue to drive forward the key issues for our members on further devolution, fair funding and securing a sustainable adult social care system”.


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