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COUNCIL FIGURE TO HEAD STANDARDS BOARD

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David Prince has been appointed as The Standards Board for England's new chief executive. He is currently director ...
David Prince has been appointed as The Standards Board for England's new chief executive. He is currently director of strategy and resources at the Audit Commission and, for the past year, has taken the lead for the commission on comprehensive performance assessments. Mr Prince has over 20 years local government experience having previously been the chief executive of Leicestershire CC and director of finance and administration at Cambridgeshire CC. He was also District Audit's first chief executive when it became an arm's-length agency in 1994.

As the new chief executive, Mr Prince's priorities include developing the organisation's role as part of the local government improvement agenda and ensuring that the Board's investigations are carried out as promptly as possible while maintaining high standards of accuracy and fairness.

Anthony Holland, chair of The Standards Board for England says:

'We're really pleased David is joining us. He has an understanding of local government from the inside as well as a clear vision of what it means to maintain standards on behalf of the public.'

Mr Prince says:

'The Standards Board for England is already a force for change in local government and I believe I can enhance that role and make it even more effective. Certainly I want to see its influence grow beyond the consideration of individual cases to being an important part of the drive for improvement right across local government.'

Mr Prince will take up his new post in April. Until then, John Edwards, former chief executive of Barnsley MBC, will continue as interim chief executive.

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