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Christina to take charge at Caerphilly Council

Posted on : 06 Dec 2017

Christina to take charge at Caerphilly Council

Caerphilly county borough council has appointed a new Interim Chief Executive to lead the authority over the next six months.

Christina Harrhy, the current Corporate Director of Communities, will become Caerphilly’s first female Chief Executive when she takes over the position in the New Year.

The appointment was agreed at a Special Meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 5th December following the announcement by current post-holder Chris Burns that he is to step down at the end of the year.

Christina Harrhy has been with Caerphilly council for over 2 years and has extensive experience of local government, having previously worked at a senior level within Torfaen and Carmarthenshire councils.

Christina is a Chartered Civil Engineer and was named winner of the prestigious ‘Leading Wales’ Awards in 2011 in the category of ‘Leadership for the Future’.

“I am delighted and honoured to be offered the opportunity to take charge at what I believe to be one of the leading local authorities in Wales,” said Christina. “I’ve seen the excellent services that our dedicated workforce provides and I want to ensure we build on this in the future.”

“However, I also recognise that we have some difficult challenges ahead due to the ongoing financial pressures, so we need to do things more efficiently and embrace new ways of delivering services. I’m looking forward to working with staff at all levels and elected members to ensure that we meet these challenges  and ensure our residents continue to receive quality front line services,” she added   

Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole said, “We look forward to Christina taking over this key position in the New Year and building on the positive legacy that has been left by Chris Burns. I’m sure staff and councillors will welcome the appointment and I particularly welcome the opportunity to work with Christina to ensure we continue to deliver services which meet the needs and aspirations of our community.”     



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