Trevor Scott has been appointed chief executive of Wealden District Council.
He takes over from Charles Lant who is retiring after 16 years in the job.
Mr Scott, whose appointment was agreed at a meeting of Wealden’s full council yesterday (July 18), steps up from the post of director of governance and corporate services.
He said: “I have worked for Wealden for 15 years and I know the district well.”
“We are a forward-looking council in a world which is looking to us to become increasingly self-reliant.
“We have achieved much in recent years, but there is still much to do. I look forward to the challenge of helping to improve public services for everyone in the district.”
The council said Mr Scott had been appointed following a rigorous competitive interview process involving candidates from across the country.
Passion and commitment
Wealden’s Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership and Human Resources, Cllr Nick Collinson, who is Chairman of the Personnel Committee, said Mr Scott had demonstrated his “passion and ongoing commitment to the council and the community”.
“I am in no doubt that Trevor will continue to successfully support and guide the council, just as his predecessor has done. Members and officers alike are looking forward to working with Trevor in his new role.”
Trevor Scott started his Wealden career in 2003 as head of democratic and legal services. He progressed to his current post in 2013, and subsequently deputy chief executive in 2015.
He is married with two children and has strong local ties, having attended Hailsham Community College. He is also chairman of Hailsham Cricket Club.
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What does a district council chief executive do?
The chief executive is the council’s principal administrative officer and will lead the process of implementation of policies decided by the elected councillors. Advice and guidance will be provided to members of the authority. A chief executive has the responsibility of ensuring the authority always acts lawfully and that the council is managed effectively and efficiently.