New chief executive appointed

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RICHARD Stiff has been appointed chief executive of Angus Council.

Mr Stiff will take over the reins when the current chief executive David Sawers retires in February after five years at the helm of the council.

Mr Stiff is currently deputy chief executive at North Lincolnshire Council.

He was born and brought up in East Anglia and studied at the universities of Kingston, Bath and Reading. After teaching in secondary schools and a college of further education he entered local government with Rochdale Borough Council.

Mr Stiff was a senior education officer with Suffolk County Council for 10 years. After working as assistant director of Education at Dudley MBC in the West Midlands and as deputy chief executive of Education Leeds he was appointed director of children’s services at North Lincolnshire Council in 2006.

Congratulating Mr Stiff on his appointment Angus Council leader, councillor Bob Myles said: “The next few years are going to be challenging ones for Scottish councils and Angus, like every other authority, has some tough decisions to make about the future shape of our services.

“Richard Stiff has worked for many years at the most senior levels of local government and I am confident that in him we have secured a chief executive with the experience and ideas that will ensure Angus Council will continue to go from strength to strength.

“He has been selected from a very strong field of candidates. Indeed it was very encouraging that this opportunity with Angus Council attracted over 40 applicants from a range of backgrounds and from across the UK and beyond.”

Commenting on his appointment Mr Stiff said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join Angus Council as its new chief executive. David Sawers is a very hard act to follow. A great deal has been achieved at the council under his leadership. The challenges facing councils across Scotland are well known, but Angus Council is well placed to respond. I am looking forward to getting to know both the county and its people, and in particular to meeting new colleagues across the council’s services.”