Lichfield District Council has appointed a new chief executive.
Diane Tilley will take on the role when Nina Dawes OBE steps down in late December.
She has previously been interim chief executive of Wyre Forest District Council and admits she’s looking forward to continuing the work of her predecessor.
“I am really excited to accept the role,” she said. “I’ve visited the city and district many times and have always been struck by the local community spirit, sense of pride and of course the many delights the district has to offer.
“I’m also very impressed by the services the council delivers – from its award winning recycling service through to its beautiful parks and open spaces, it’s clear the team at the council, and its many committed partners, are passionate about the local area and about what they do.
“Without doubt, we have tough financial times ahead, given the changes taking place at central government, but I know that Nina has built up a strong and dedicated team, and I’m looking forward to working with them to help meet the challenges and to continue to deliver local residents and businesses with great quality services.”
Cllr Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, admitted the competition for the role was tough.
“We were overwhelmed by the strength of candidates and the innovation and ideas put forward as part of the process,” he said. “Diane’s experience of managing a small district council through a challenging financial period, whilst maintaining, improving and delivering award winning services, as well as boosting staff morale, really stood out for the interview panel.”