Council announces new Chief Executive

Corporate governance and information

28 November 2023

Adele Wylie

North Northamptonshire Council is delighted to announce the selection of Adele Wylie as its new Chief Executive. The appointment is subject to approval at Full Council on Thursday, December 7.

Adele is currently Executive Director of Customer and Governance at the council.   

She started at North Northamptonshire in November 2020 as part of a new Senior Leadership Team recruited to deliver the council’s ambitious plans for the area.

Adele is a lawyer by profession and has had an impressive career. She has held various leadership positions at Rutland County Council and Melton Borough Council prior to North Northamptonshire. She was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive earlier this year and has also held the statutory role of Monitoring Officer for the council.

The role of Chief Executive is vitally important to ensure that services are delivered to residents. It is critical in turning the council’s policy objectives into reality. It is key to implementing decisions made by the Executive on issues that impact everyone in the area. The Chief Executive will inspire staff to be their best and will be an ambassador for achievement both within the organisation, and further afield.

The proposed appointment followed a national recruitment campaign and rigorous recruitment and selection process which led to a unanimous vote from all members of the Employment Panel.

Adele is very talented, and I’m absolutely delighted that she has been selected for this key role. Adele exemplifies what can be achieved if you set your heart on something and work hard to achieve it. 

The council’s ambition to become an Employer of Choice is key to our success and ’growing our own talent‘ is essential to this. We recognised Adele as a talent with the skills to continue building a modern council, with residents at its heart and her ability to bring people together. Her passion for North Northamptonshire was evident throughout the process. I am proud that we have developed an exceptional leader to accelerate the next stage in our journey and become an exemplar in local government.

I believe that this appointment will not only help lead our staff and services to achieve great things; it will inspire others and help attract people into a career at North Northamptonshire Council.

We are entering the next phase of our journey in improving public services. The challenges ahead are significant. Adele brings a bold and creative approach that will help the council work in new and imaginative ways. This fresh thinking will be critical in taking the innovative leap required to deliver our challenging aspirations for the area.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to our Interim Chief Executive George Candler. I have greatly appreciated George’s professionalism, advice and commitment to his role, and he has done an excellent job keeping us on course and is hugely valued by our staff, members and partners.
Councillor Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council
I am delighted to be recommended for appointment as Chief Executive for North Northamptonshire Council. I am excited to be able to work with elected members and my leadership colleagues as Chief Executive on delivering excellent people-centred services and creating the best opportunities for everyone in North Northamptonshire. 

We have hugely talented and committed staff and ambitious elected members; combined with our partners and communities, we have the opportunity to make a difference for both our current and future residents.
Adele Wylie, North Northamptonshire Council