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New interim chief executive for North East Lincolnshire Council

Rob Walsh

North East Lincolnshire Council has announced that Rob Walsh is to take over as Interim Chief Executive following this month's announcement that current CEO Tony Hunter is to leave to take up the role of Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Mr Walsh, currently the authority's Strategic Director of Resources, has initially been appointed for 12 months, subject to formal Council approval. He will take up his post following Mr Hunter's departure in January 2014.

Commenting on the appointment, Council Leader Chris Shaw, said it will mean the authority has stability and continuity during this important time of budget setting and the broader transformation process.

"Everyone knows the challenges local government faces and we believe Rob's appointment will minimise any potential organisational uncertainty or disruption and allow us to focus on delivering our priorities of a stronger economy and stronger communities,'' he added.

"Tony has done a first class job and now we're confident Rob can lead our staff into the next chapter of our history.''

Cllr Shaw also said the authority had reviewed the salary of the post and had reduced it from the current level of £150,000 to £135,000 to reflect the role in the current market. In his new role, Mr Walsh will also continue to retain the Resources portfolio within the authority's Corporate Management Team.

Mr Walsh, 44, is married with three children. He has worked in the North East Lincolnshire area for more than 20 years, holding a variety of posts at NELC, including Director of Law and Democratic Services, Executive Director of Business Services and Strategic Director of Governance and Transformation.

He said: "I'm extremely pleased to have been offered this post as I believe there are great opportunities, as well as challenges, in North East Lincolnshire.

"The Council has put in place a range of measures to move us in the right direction and I'm very much looking forward to working with members and colleagues to help create a bright future for our residents and businesses.''

And outgoing Chief Executive Tony Hunter added: "In my view Rob has the requisite skills, experience and organisational knowledge to take on the role and I'm looking forward to working with him to ensure a smooth handover before I leave.''