New assistant chief executive appointed

THURROCK Council has announced that Steve Cox has been appointed as the council’s assistant chief executive.

Steve joins the council after a very successful period as a Director at the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and prior to that he held positions in local government in London and the South East.

Steve has been working with the council in a part-time interim capacity since June and starts full-time on November 1st.

At EEDA Steve led the agency’s regeneration and capital project work for many years plus a range of other business support and community development programmes.

He has also led major business transformation programmes including those for Business Link, regional tourism and in establishing and running EEDA’s area teams. He has a professional background in planning and transport.

Graham Farrant, chief executive of the council, said: “I’d like to welcome Steve to the team full time.

“As the Assistant Chief Executive Steve will lead the newly created Chief Executive’s Delivery Unit with responsibility for regeneration, strategy and policy, communications, community development and equality and diversity.

“The unit is focused on delivery and working closely with teams across the Council to ensure a corporate approach to everything we do.

“Steve will also play a pivotal role in the major projects that are currently underway or planned, further reinforcing the Council’s local leadership role to help transform Thurrock into a vibrant and dynamic place, shaping and changing the lives of our local communities.”

Steve said: “Having already spent some months in Thurrock it’s a pleasure to be confirmed in the post full time and to be able to continue that work.

“Thurrock is an exciting place to be with considerable private sector investment planned and a tremendous regeneration programme to deliver. The challenge of realising benefits from this activity for communities across Thurrock is one that I am relishing.”

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