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Uttlesford District Council appoints new Chief Executive

Uttlesford District Council in Essex has confirmed the appointment of Peter Holt as the authority’s new Chief Executive.

The appointment was confirmed at an extraordinary meeting of the council following a recommendation by an Appointments Committee.

Mr Holt has extensive local government and leadership experience, as well as a background in organisational transformation.

He has been an independent Strategic Consultant since April, having previously been Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Monitoring Officer for South Northamptonshire Council from 2018.

Commenting, Leader of Uttlesford District Council, Councillor John Lodge said:

"We had some very strong candidates for the role of Chief Executive, and I am delighted we are offering Peter the position.

"His appointment follows an extremely thorough recruitment process. We are confident he will be an asset to this council and to the residents of the district, and we look forward to having him in post."

The appointment followed a recruitment campaign, which assessed a large field of candidates.

A list of eight candidates went through a rigorous assessment process, including technical interviews and exercises, before three took part in the final interview stage on 3 September.

Mr Holt is expected to take up the post of Head of Paid Service and Chief Executive of the council in early October.

He will replace Dawn French, who stepped down as the authority’s Chief Executive in August after five years in the role.

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