Thurrock Council appoint new chief executive

THURROCK Council tonight (Wednesday, 24 June) unanimously supported Lyn Carpenter as the council’s new chief executive.

On Tuesday the council’s General Services Committee interviewed the five shortlisted candidates and recommended the Executive Director of Environment, Leisure and Residents Service for both Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – the bi-boroughs – take the post.

Her work history started in the private leisure industry straight from university in 1987, before moving to the public sector at the London Borough of Bexley in 1992.

Following a succession of moves and promotions she joined Elmbridge as Assistant Director in 2000, then Merton in 2006 before becoming Director of Environment and Regeneration there a year later.

She was headhunted to join Hammersmith & Fulham in 2009 and became the Bi-Borough Executive Director two years later, serving a combined population of around 360,000 residents with some of the greatest extremes of wealth and poverty in London.

Lyn chairs the Tri-borough (also including Westminster City Council) Public Health Board and Violence against Women and Girls Board and is a member of the national Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Board (SOLACE).

Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, said: “Lyn’s experience in central London combined with her position on SOLACE – and the contacts that brings with it – ensures we will maintain our place on the public sector top table in and around the corridors and rooms of Westminster and Whitehall.

“As part of our advertising of this position we made it clear there were challenges ahead and Lyn is undoubtedly looking forward to those challenges.

“I am really looking forward to the day Lyn joins Thurrock and starts telling our exciting story locally, nationally and internationally too.”

Outside the work environment, Lyn has had over 30 years’ involvement in netball – contributing as a player, coach, administrator and volunteer.

She was an England Under-18 and Under-21 player and became a senior international in 1997, representing England in the Commonwealth Games on 1998 and a year later at the Netball World Championships and winning bronze medals at both.

Lyn said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive for Thurrock Council.

“It’s a great honour and I am very much looking forward to working with, on on behalf of the whole Thurrock community in this exciting borough.”

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