Lambeth Council has moved towards appointing a new Chief Executive following the departure earlier this month of Derrick Anderson CBE.
Sean Harriss, who has served as the Chief Executive of Bolton Council since 2007, has confirmed that he will accept the position. Lambeth’s Appointments Sub Committee which conducted the interviews are recommending to the Council meeting on December 18 that the appointment will be approved.
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “I’m delighted that Sean Harriss has agreed to join Lambeth council. At interview he showed a genuine desire to work for the people of Lambeth, and has demonstrated that he shares our values of ambition and fairness.
“He is taking on a big job, especially considering the ongoing challenges to make best use of our remaining funding in this climate of deep Government cuts.
“But while at Bolton he helped get more power devolved to the Greater Manchester City region. We hope that he will have similar successes at Lambeth as we look to get a better deal from the Government for the people of this borough.”
Before joining Bolton Mr Harriss served as an Executive Director at Oldham Council helping improve what was one of the country’s most poorly performing councils. Earlier this year he was named among the Local Government Chronicle’s 50 most influential people in local government.
He said: “I’m excited at this opportunity to join Lambeth Council. It’s a fantastic borough with so much potential to improve even further. I have already been very impressed by the council’s political leadership, council officers, partners and the community representatives I have met so far.
“The issue of devolution was one I relished taking on while working at Bolton. And I will bring that same ambition and drive to my new role at Lambeth.”
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