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Christina takes charge at Caerphilly Council

Posted on : 11 Jan 2018

Christina takes charge at Caerphilly Council
Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole and Christina Harrhy, Interim Chief Executive

Caerphilly council’s first female Chief Executive has taken charge this week and she has ambitious plans for the future.

Christina Harrhy has been appointed to the top job having worked for the authority as Corporate Director of Communities for the past two and a half years.

The former Chief Executive, Chris Burns, stepped down at the end of last year leading to Christina’s appointment in an interim capacity for the next 6 months.

“I am both humbled and honoured to be appointed as Interim Chief Executive and I plan to build upon the positive legacy of Chris Burns as I lead the organisation for the next 6 months. The Leader of Council has clearly set out his ambition and priorities for the next few years and I’m looking forward to working closely with him to move the organisation forward,” 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,” she added.  

Christina has extensive experience of local government, having previously worked at a senior level within Torfaen and Carmarthenshire councils. She started her local government career as junior highways technician with Mid Glamorgan county council, progressing into an engineer post with the newly formed Caerphilly CBC following local government reorganisation in 1996. 

She graduated with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering and was invited to become a Fellow Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers - the first woman to obtain the qualification in Wales at the time. She also successfully gained a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and studied leadership at Harvard in Boston.

In 2011, Christina won a prestigious Leading in Wales award in the category of ‘Leadership of the Future’ award in recognition of the innovative public service leadership programme she developed.

Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole said, “Christina has an outstanding record in local government and her professional achievements speak for themselves.  I very much welcome Christina’s appointment and, along with my Cabinet colleagues, look forward to working closely with her to ensure Caerphilly continues to deliver services which meet the needs and aspirations of our community in the future.”     



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