Cheshire East Council set to appoint new chief executive

Cheshire East Council is set to appoint Rob Polkinghorne as its new permanent chief executive.

The council's appointments committee is due to recommend Mr Polkinghorne as the preferred candidate in a report to full council. The decision to appoint a new chief executive will be taken at the meeting of full council on 13 December.

Mr Polkinghorne began his career in local government in 1996 and has worked in unitary, county, borough and district councils, covering both urban and rural areas.

Beyond local government, he assumed leadership roles in the fire and rescue service and the NHS before securing the post of chief operating officer at Aberdeen City Council and then becoming chief executive at Southend City Council in October 2022 before stepping down after just eight months in the role.

Councillor Fiona Wilson, chair of the appointments committee, said: "I would like to thank my fellow committee members, the members of the stakeholder panels and all the candidates for their positive engagement with the recruitment and selection process.

"The recommendation of a preferred candidate for the role of chief executive is one of the most important functions of the appointments committee – and identifying the best candidate for Cheshire East was not a decision taken lightly.

"I would like to congratulate Mr Polkinghorne on being named as preferred candidate."

The former Chief Executive of Cheshire East Council, Dr Lorraine O'Donnell, left in October 2023 to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Bradford City Council.



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David Hadfield
Thursday 30th November 2023 at 4:39 pm
Curious as to why he stepped down from being Chief Executive of Southend City Council in October 2022 after just eight months in the role ?
Vic Barlow
Thursday 7th December 2023 at 6:45 am
Yes we would need to know more about his tenure in this and previous jobs as CEC have a habit of appointing executives that are gone faster than Concorde
Vic Barlow
Thursday 7th December 2023 at 7:16 am
Given our council’s track record for hiring senior execs who depart rapidly without explanation we need to see this applicants full Cv