New chief executive for North Somerset Council

9:01am - 16 October 2018

North Somerset Council has announced the appointment of a new chief executive. Jo Walker will join the council in the new year. Her appointment was agreed by the council’s Employment Committee following a rigorous recruitment process and announced today at a meeting of the Executive.

Chairman of the council’s Employment Committee, Cllr David Pasley said: “The committee had the opportunity to meet a number of strong candidates during the recruitment process and I am pleased to report that Jo’s appointment received unanimous cross-party support.”

Jo is currently Strategic Director of Strategic Finance and Support Services at Gloucestershire County Council, where she has worked for 30 years. Her previous experience also includes director of highways, transport and waste, working with partners across health and social care and lobbying for local government funding at a national level.

Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council said: “I am really looking forward to Jo starting work with us. We had a strong selection of candidates to choose from, but Jo particularly impressed us with her experience and her approach. Her financial expertise will be of huge benefit as we continue to work hard to deliver much-valued local services to our residents.”

Jo added: “I am really looking forward to joining North Somerset Council and helping the organisation to deliver its ambitious plans for the area.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the people and the place much better over the coming weeks and can’t wait to get started.”