Brian Keane has been appointed Managing Director of Harlow Council.
Mr. Keane who took up the role in November 2017 on an acting basis was appointed to the role permanently at last night’s (1 February 2018) Council meeting.
The permanent appointment follows a proposal agreed by the Council in April 2017 to create a new single Chief Officer post for the authority. The Managing Director replaces the former posts of Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.
Reducing the Council’s top management team to one post saves the Council more than £424,000 over the next four years.
Brian, who was the Council’s Head of Governance for four and a half years, has held senior management roles in other Essex Councils including working at Brentwood and Braintree and has carried out governance investigations for public bodies.
“Harlow is a great place with huge potential and I am delighted to take up this opportunity on a permanent basis. I have enjoyed working in this role over the last few months and my priority is to continue working with and support our fantastic staff, Councillors and partners to ensure that we deliver what the local community wants and needs. This is a huge opportunity in a very exciting place and I can’t wait to get on with the job.”