A NEW face will join Armidale Regional Council’s executive team next month.
Susan Law was announced as the council’s new chief executive by mayor Simon Murray on Tuesday.
Cr Murray said he was very impressed with the calibre of applicants received.
“The selection process was extremely challenging for the five shortlisted applicants with one applicant clearly displaying some impressive experience and knowledge in Local Government,” said Cr Murray said.
“The preferred candidate was then selected to be offered the chief executive position after being interviewed during the closed session held at the Extraordinary Meeting.”
The recruitment process for the appointment of a new chief executive began in April with a nationwide advertising campaign and search by specialist recruitment agency McArthur.
Five applicants shortlisted for an interview by a selection panel, which included mayor Simon Murray, deputy mayor Dorothy Robinson, Cr Ian Tiley, Cr Diane Gray, Glen Innes Council mayor Steve Toms and UNE Vice Chancellor Annabelle Duncan.
Ms Law joins council with an impressive resume of leadership positions in local government including General Manager Health Care Otago (NZ), chief executive at both Adelaide City Council and the City of Charles Sturt.
She also has international experience including working as world bank advisor to the Cape Town mayor (South Africa) and Wokingham Borough Council’s (UK) chief executive.
Most recently Ms Law established her own business using her experience in complex organisational management, strategic planning and organisational transformation.
“Susan is an exceptional candidate who comes to us with extensive experience as a chief executive having led and managed public sector organisations, including local government and health and housing organisations in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK,” Cr Murray said.
“Ms Law hails from the land of the long white cloud and as you can see has travelled the world for her work.
“She is very much looking forward to living in the region and helping us achieve our potential.”
The new chief executive will start her post at Armidale Regional Council on Monday, July 23.