Surrey County Council appoints new chief executive

Surrey County Council has appointed Terence Herbert as its new chief executive.
Surrey County Council new chief executive Terence HerbertSurrey County Council new chief executive Terence Herbert
Surrey County Council new chief executive Terence Herbert

Terence, currently chief executive at Wiltshire Council, replaces Joanna Killian.

Subject to ratification at a council meeting next week, Terence is expected to take over in the summer.

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Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver said: “Terence is an outstanding leader bringing over 25 years of local government experience to the role, and it is excellent news that he will be joining us.

“Under his leadership, Wiltshire is regarded as a strong local authority – one of the largest unitary authorities in the country – with sound finances and a high-performing workforce.

“I am certain that he will be a tremendous asset to Surrey and is the right person to lead us as we face the challenges ahead.”

Terence said: “I’m looking forward to working with the leader, members, staff and our partners to build on Surrey’s significant track record and lead the organisation through the next stage of its transformation in what continues to be a challenging time for local government.

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“Having spent much of my earlier career in children’s services and mental health, I am passionate about delivering quality services for the most vulnerable residents across our communities.

"I know the importance of retaining a motivated and ambitious workforce with a focus on celebrating the success of our staff, so this is an area that will be a key priority for me.”

Terence began his career as a registered mental nurse and then qualified as a social worker, taking up posts in children’s services in London and Somerset. He joined Wiltshire Council in 2011 and was appointed chief executive in June 2020.

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