New ELDC chief executive warns of ‘tough times ahead’

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The new chief executive of East Lindsey District Council has warned of ‘tough times ahead’ whilst promising to work hard to improve local services.

The authority has unveiled Stuart Davy, who has been undertaking the role of acting chief executive, to the role on a permanent basis, following the retirement of Nigel Howells.

Mr Davy joined the council in 2008 and previously held the position of deputy chief executive.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to accept the position and relish the opportunity to work with councillors, officers, partner organisations and local people, in taking the organisation forward.

“Whilst there are tough times ahead, there are opportunities too. We must continue to work hard and with our partners to improve the services we provide to local people, whilst also managing the significant funding cuts the council faces.”

Leader of the council, councillor Doreen Stephenson, added: “I am delighted that Stuart has accepted the role. The council faces many significant challenges going forward, particularly around managing reductions in Government funding and maintaining services to the community.

“I have no doubt that Stuart is the right person to help us through these difficult times.”

Before joining East Lindsey District Council, Stuart was head of Neighbourhood Management at Kingston upon Hull City Council and before that led one of the previous Government’s flagship New Deal for Communities Programmes.