New Chief Executive announced

New Chief Executive announced

Lorraine Gore, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Ms Gore is set to take up her new role on 1 September 2019, following the retirement of the current Chief Executive Ray Harding on 31 August.

Lorraine, a former student of the old King's Lynn High School, was born and brought up in King's Lynn. She has clocked up 42 years' service in the public sector, the majority of her career has entailed working for Norfolk organisations.

She came to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in 2001 as accounting technician, and was promoted to Chief Accountant in 2006, and Chief Financial Officer in 2013. She is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance at the council and has a wealth of experience about the area.

Her appointment was confirmed on Friday, following a unanimous decision by the council's cross-party appointments board on Thursday 25 July 2019.

Speaking after her appointment was confirmed, Lorraine said: "I am excited and honoured to be appointed as the new Chief Executive to take over when Ray Harding retires at the end of August. I am looking forward to continuing to work alongside our dedicated and skilled staff and elected members in the delivery of good quality, sustainable services for the benefit of all residents and businesses of, and visitors to, west Norfolk."

Lorraine is a resident of the borough. She has two grown up children, is a keen golfer and a Norwich City Football Club season ticket holder.

This appointment is phase one of a restructure of the council's senior management team. Staff affected are being consulted on the proposals.

(Press release from Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk)

Editor's note:

In other areas of the country a new management model with no chief executive has been approved.

In Redcar and Cleveland, the Borough Council hopes to save about £220,000 per year after scrapping its chief executive role as part of a new management model.

A report to a special borough council meeting read: "Examination of various models within other local authorities has revealed a move by some councils to implement a structure which operates without the role of chief executive and, given the financial position facing this council and local authorities generally, it is felt, by the current administration, that this is a model that should be pursued for Redcar and Cleveland."

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