Interim chief executive appointed

Rob Tinlin has been appointed Interim Head of Paid Service and Chief Executive of Uttlesford District Council.

He will take up the role on 1 July to ensure a smooth handover from current chief executive Dawn French. Recruitment for a permanent chief executive is already under way.

Rob has extensive leadership and local government experience. He was Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for 12 years and during his tenure they won the prestigious LGC Council of the Year award. He was awarded an MBE for services to local government in 2017.

Councillors approved his appointment at a meeting of Full Council (10 June) following a recommendation by the Appointments Committee.

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Lodge, said: "I am delighted that Rob has agreed to become our interim chief executive. He has a proven track record in local government and brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience. I am confident he will provide strong leadership and support to the council as we embark on the search for a permanent chief executive."

The Appointments Committee will be responsible for the recruitment of a permanent chief executive and will make its recommendations to Full Council. The interim chief executive arrangement will remain in place until the permanent position is filled.

11 June 2021