Proposed Interim Chief Executive announced at North Northamptonshire Council

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28 April 2023

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The proposed Interim Chief Executive at North Northamptonshire Council has been announced today as George Candler.

George is currently Executive Director for Place and Economy as well as Deputy Chief Executive. He was also previously Chief Executive of Northampton Borough Council.

The move comes following the announcement last month that the current Chief Executive Rob Bridge was to move to a position in the top role at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

An internal process then followed for the interim role, culminating in interviews this week. The appointment is subject to Full Council approval on May 25 – the date of the Annual Council meeting.

I’m thrilled with this proposal - George has a wealth of experience in local government and is currently the Deputy Chief Executive at the authority.

George has already been key in driving through new policies since vesting day in April 2021 and been pivotal in transforming services to make sure they deliver for the people of our area. As such, he’s a great fit.

Subject to approval, I look forward to working with him and our corporate leadership team as we continue our journey and progress as a Council.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council
I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have been proposed for the position of Interim Chief Executive and can’t wait to get started in the new role. 

So much has been achieved in the past two years, and I am keen to continue this positive trajectory of delivery, working with Members, staff, and partners for the  residents of North Northamptonshire.
George Candler

If approved, George would assume the role of Chief Executive when Rob leaves the authority early in June.