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Charnwood BC ...
Charnwood BC

has appointed Brian Hayes as its new chief executive.

In the past four years Mr Hayes has been the director of organisation & development in the East of England Development Agency, responsible for finance and for establishing its core systems. He has led as well on regional policy initiatives for innovation centres, broadband and access to finance, and led nationally for regional development agencies on negotiations with Whitehall in the creation of the new flexible financial framework, the 'single pot'.

The previous ten years were spent in the South East London, first in the directorate of development at Greenwich LBC and later as the assistant director for systems & resources in the leisure, economy and environment directorate at Lewisham LBC.

Charnwood BC leader Max Hunt said: 'Charnwood is a large and prosperous borough with enormous unlocked potential. I am delighted that Brian Hayes will be joining us as chief executive. I believe the energy, experience and intellect he will bring to the authority will help us enormously to deliver even better services at excellent value, to all our residents.'

Born in Canada, and educated in Canada and England, Mr Hayes has degrees in economics and political science, and econometrics and mathematical economics. He spent 15 years working in quantitative social sciences research institutes at the London School of Economics, and is a chartered management accountant and a member of the British Computer Society.

A press release from the East of England Development Agency follows.

East of England Development Agency's director of organisation and development, Brian Hayes is to become the new chief executive of Charnwood BC.

Over the past four years Brian Hayes has directed EEDA's finance and capital program, its human resources activities and its organisational structuring.

He also oversaw the introduction of the 'single pot' funding system for EEDA and for regional development agencies nationally, introducing a more flexible approach to budget spending.

All regional development agencies began to operate the new system at the start of the last financial year (2002/2003), following negotiations with government departments across Whitehall.

Mr Hayes also led and helped to inspire some of EEDA's most important projects, particularly the campaign to increase broadband access in the region. The campaign includes the innovative connecting communities competition which has allowed local partnerships to bid for a slice of a £2.5m fund to wire up their community areas.

Bill Samuel, EEDA's chief executive, said: 'On behalf of everyone at EEDA and our board members, I would like to thank Brian for his hard work, his vision and his effort over the last four years. He has helped EEDA grow into an organisation which is making a real difference in economic development within the East of England.

'I would like to congratulate Brian on his new appointment which will bring many new and exciting challenges.'

The recruitment process for a new director of organisation and development will begin in due course and Mr Hayes is expected to take up his new position later this year.

Charnwood BC is the ninth largest district council in England, Although Charnwood has a large rural population, its main settlement, Loughborough, is important for pharmaceuticals, high technology and engineering, and is the home of Loughborough University, renowned as a leader in high technology and sport science.

Prior to his role with EEDA, Mr Hayes spent fifteen years working in Quantitative Social Sciences Research Institutes at the London School of Economics, and ten years working in London local authorities.

He is a chartered management accountant and a member of the British Computer Society.

About EEDA:

EEDA is the driving force behind economic regeneration in the East of England: Bed fordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA has an ambitious target to make the east of England one of the top 20 European regions by 2010 - the region is currently third out of the 11 UK regions in terms of economic performance, but only 27th out of 77 European regions.

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