Harborough Council may share chief executive

Harborough District Council's chief executive Anna Graves has announced her resignation.

Harborough District Council's chief executive Anna Graves has announced her resignation.

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Harborough Council is to consider sharing a chief executive following the resignation of the authority’s civil service boss this week.

Anna Graves was appointed as chief executive in May 2011 and was the second woman to hold the position at Harborough Council.

Her resignation was announced during the local authority’s full council meeting at The Three Swans Hotel in Harborough on Monday night.

She is departing to take the shared chief executive role at Breckland and South Holland district councils.

It leaves the council with a big role to fill at a crucial time.

The authority is in the middle of its flagship Transformation Programme, agreed under Ms Graves direction in November 2011, which aims to save £3m over the next five years by transforming its services and property assets.

Council leader Cllr Blake Pain said the council will be looking at all options for the future.

This could include the possibility of sharing a chief executive with another local authority.

During Ms Graves’ time at the helm, she has overseen the £5.75m redevelopment of the council’s Symington Building HQ as well as the start of the £480,000 revamp to the town’s Market Hall.

A transportation engineer by profession, she has been involved in the public sector for more than 25 years, having previously worked in Norfolk, London and East Sussex.

She said: “I feel a lot has been achieved during my time at Harborough Council, but none of this would have been possible without the support and ability of staff and councillors and for this I am extremely grateful.

“This opportunity will mean I can be closer to my home and family in Norfolk.”

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