Two new West Suffolk Directors have been appointed in a shared role across Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils.
They are Liz Watts, Head of Finance at St Edmundsbury, and Alex Wilson, Corporate Director for Community at St Edmundsbury. Both directors will formally start their new roles from 1 October.
The shared posts were created following the appointment of Ian Gallin, as Joint Chief Executive, earlier this year and the agreement by both councils of the new management structure. The next stage of creating a new, shared Corporate Leadership Team will be the appointment later this month of nine heads of service, who will work across both councils.
The councils' Leaders, Cllr Griffiths and Cllr Waters, said: "This was an extremely thorough and robust recruitment process and we are delighted that we have successfully recruited two talented directors with the skills to take us into our new, shared future. There is a challenging job to be done, bringing the staff of two councils together to provide top quality services, and we are confident that Alex and Liz will help to provide strong leadership across West Suffolk. We look forward to working with them to shape the future.
"While the successful appointments are great news, we regret the impact this will have on the other excellent but sadly unsuccessful candidates."
The directors will work collaboratively with the Chief Executive on a range of projects, activities and partnerships across West Suffolk and will not have management responsibilities for individuals or services.
After the appointment, Liz said: "I am very excited by the challenge and looking forward to working with staff, councillors and partners across West Suffolk to ensure we deliver great services to our residents."
And Alex said: "It's a terrific privilege to have the chance to forge something new by supporting councillors to bring together staff from two councils so we can build upon the successes of each organisation."