New Interim Chief Executive approved by Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Friday, 21 December, 2018

An interim chief executive has been appointed to take the reins of East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council.

Gill Kneller, previously an Executive Director for both councils, has stepped into the role for six months from January 2019 after her appointment was approved by both councils this week.

She replaces Sandy Hopkins, who was Chief Executive at Havant Borough Council since 2007 and of both organisations since 2009.

Ms Kneller said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new and challenging role and thank the councillors for demonstrating their faith in me.

“These are exciting times for local government, with plenty of challenges but also plenty of opportunities. Across both councils we have fantastic colleagues and progressive councillors who are committed to providing quality services to their residents.

“I am extremely proud to have this incredible opportunity and I will be working hard for our customers and communities.”

As well as a joint chief executive, East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council share a management team and many services in order to provide more effective services.

Both councils have also made two other internal appointments to the management structure. Simon Jenkins has been chosen as the Interim Director of Regeneration and Place and Natalie Meagher has been chosen as the Interim Director of Neighbourhoods and Operations - with effect from January.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Leader of Havant Borough Council, said: “Gill is the perfect appointment and the obvious successor to Sandy, as they worked so closely together over the last few years.

“She already has an in-depth knowledge of the organisation and the strategic directions of both councils and so she can hit the ground running. I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “I have known Gill for many years and she is the ideal candidate for the role. She has the passion, drive and vision to take this council forward.

“She is highly regarded of by officers and councillors and knows how to get the job done. She will be an excellent chief executive and we are lucky to have her.”