13th Dec, 2019

New chief exec ready to take on challenges faced by Stratford District Council

Ian Hughes 4th Nov, 2019

RESTRUCTURING at Stratford District Council has seen its two former chief executive roles cut down to one.

The council has appointed David Buckland to the role of chief executive, a position he has been carrying out in an interim role since June. He will be supported in the role by a deputy chief executive and five heads of service.

Previously the authority had two chief executives and four heads of service.

Mr Buckland says he will focus on ‘challenges’ including reduction in funding from central government while delivering council services.

He said: “I am delighted to take up this role as a permanent position – it is an honour and privilege to be appointed.

“The district council faces a number of challenges, but I am confident that together as a team we can achieve our ambitions.”

The 47-year-old trained as an accountant at Colchester Borough Council in 1990 before joining the authority in Stratford in 2002. He was made assistant chief executive in 2012 before taking on the role of executive director four years later.

Deputy council leader Coun Daren Pemberton said: “I would like to thank David for all of his hard work as interim chief executive, and to congratulate him on his appointment.

“The leader and cabinet are looking forward to working with David and the senior management team to continue to deliver excellent services to the residents of the district and to deliver our ambitious council plan.”

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