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Lichfield District Council appoint permanent Chief Executive

Councillors on Lichfield District Council will be asked to formally appoint Simon Fletcher to the role of Chief Executive at the authority’s annual council meeting.

Mr Fletcher has been offered the Chief Executive role and the decision will be approved at the meeting on 18 May 2021.

The council’s Appointments Committee reviewed all the applicants in the original search and invited two candidates who scored highly in the first stage of the recruitment process, but had withdrawn before progressing to the next stage.

Having completed the interview process, Mr Fletcher was chosen and will take over as Chief Executive later this year.

He currently works for an IT software and business services company, which focusses on local government and citizen-centric technologies, as Head of Business Change Practice.

His previous roles include Strategic Director for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Deputy Chief Executive for the Government of the Falkland Islands.

Commenting, Mr Fletcher said: "I am honoured to become Chief Executive and am excited to start working with the leadership team on delivering our corporate priorities. 

“We will face challenges and opportunities as we continue the recovery from Covid-19, but I know we have a talented team at the council.

“Ambitious and capable elected members and strong and supportive partners and stakeholders, all of whom I will work hard with to shape a great future for the district.”

Tony McGovern will still take over as interim Chief Executive from 1 June, when the current holder, Diane Tilley, leaves the organisation.

Mr McGovern will be in post while Mr Fletcher works his notice at his current job at and will help to make sure there is a smooth transition.

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