Steve Mawson is set to assume the top position at Kirklees Council after successfully going through a rigorous recruitment process.

Following the announcement of the retirement of the current Chief Executive, Jacqui Gedman, in March, councillors have been actively searching for a suitable candidate to take her place. The council’s cross-party Appointments Panel has now reached a unanimous decision to propose Mr. Mawson as the replacement in the upcoming Full Council Meeting.

Pending approval at the Council Meeting, Mr. Mawson will be joining Kirklees Council from Gloucestershire County Council, where he presently serves as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Corporate Resources. At Gloucestershire, his responsibilities include shaping the council’s long-term vision and overseeing matters related to finances, IT, property portfolio, communications, and human resources. Mr. Mawson also boasts 15 years of experience at Doncaster Council, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer.

The expected start date for Mr. Mawson in his new role is at the beginning of October.

Leader of Kirklees Council, Councillor Shabir Pandor, said; “I’m really pleased to put Steve’s name forward to the Council Meeting for approval. Steve has extensive experience in local government and an impressive record of success. He is the right person to help take us forward and was the unanimous choice of the Appointments Panel.

“When we started our recruitment process, we were looking for someone who could help deliver our vision for Kirklees. We’re confident Steve can work with our staff, partners and communities to do exactly that. Steve’s financial acumen and commercial experience will also be a major asset for Kirklees as we deal with the economic challenges faced by councils across the country.”

Steve Mawson, added; “It’s an honour to be put forward for one of the top jobs in local government. I’m looking forward getting to know Kirklees staff and communities and help the council to deliver its ambitions.

“With my Yorkshire roots, coming to Kirklees will feel a lot like coming home. I can’t wait to meet the team and get stuck into the job.”