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Great Yarmouth names interim chief

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Great Yarmouth BC has named an interim chief executive after incumbent Janet Ratcliffe left due to ill health.

Gordon Mitchell is due to be confirmed in the role later this month, ending a six-month period in which the council has shared Norwich City Council’s chief executive Laura McGillivray.

A council statement said Ms Ratcliffe had confirmed she would be unable to return to her post.

Great Yarmouth, which covers the parliamentary constituency of local government minister Brandon Lewis, launched a transformation programme after a warning in February that it could run out of money within a few years.

Leader Trevor Wainwright (Lab) said: “Because of the amount of work involved with the transformation programme, it was agreed that what was needed was an interim chief executive with experience to drive a transformation programme with increased pace.

“The position will be filled for 12 months, enabling councillors to consider the next steps once the transformation programme is well underway.”

Mr Mitchell has previously served as chief executive at Bracknell Forest BC and Nottingham City Council and as an interim chief at Tewkesbury BC and Calderdale MBC.

He said: “Great Yarmouth, like many public bodies, is already working hard to change the way it operates as government support towards the running costs of services continues to fall, while inflation increases.

“I am particularly keen to help drive forward this vital transformation programme, which aims to ensure the borough council can spend within its means to deliver the services which mean most to local residents and organisations.”

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