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Nottingham City Council has appointed a new chief executive. He is Gordon Mitchell, currently chief executive of an...
Nottingham City Council has appointed a new chief executive. He is Gordon Mitchell, currently chief executive of another unitary authority, Bracknell Forest BC, a post he has held for the last five years. Prior to that he was with Newport CBC.

The city council has also appointed to the director of development and environmental services post. Barry Horne, currently the chief executive of the East Midlands Local Government Association, is due to start work with the authority in February.

The following press release was issued by Bracknell Forest BC:

Gordon Mitchell, chief executive of Bracknell Forest BC, has tendered his resignation to take up the post of chief executive of Nottingham City Council.

Mr Mitchell was appointed chief executive at Bracknell Forest BC in May 1997 and managed the successful transition of the authority to a unitary council following the dissolution of Berkshire CC as part of local government re-organisation.

He implemented a programme of change management that enabled a major overhaul in services to deliver top level performance.

He also managed the introduction of the borough council's visionary interactive on-line services and SmartCard programmes, which have placed the authority at the forefront of the e-government agenda.

These initiatives in particular have brought national recognition and a leading role for the authority whilst repositioning the borough as a centre of innovation and excellence.

Mr Mitchell was seconded to the Cabinet Office between February and May of this year to work with ministers and senior civil servants on a pilot programme aimed at delivering organisational change and improvement to a number of departments in Whitehall.

Mr Mitchell said: 'It was a very difficult decision to make because Bracknell Forest is a great place to work.

'Working with an excellent team of officers and councillors we have together been able to take the council to new levels of operation, delivering high quality services and achieving some outstanding successes.

'However, Nottingham City Council is one of the biggest jobs in local government and it has taken something that attractive to persuade me to leave.'

Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest BC, said: 'Gordon has been an extremely successful chief executive over the past five years and during the time we have worked together Bracknell Forest BC has become recognised for excellence in many fields, nationally and internationally.

'Gordon has now decided it is time for him to move on to new and greater challenges and although he will be sorely missed, he leaves an extremely strong management team that will ensure services continue to run smoothly. I wish him every success in his new job.

'I will be meeting with colleagues, senior officers and Gordon over the coming days to decide on the best way forward to appoint a worthy successor.'

Gordon Mitchell will take up his new post at Nottingham City Council in spring of next year.

Notes: Gordon Mitchell was head of policy at Bracknell Forest BC between January and April 1997 before becoming chief executive in May of that year.

Between 1992 and 1996 he was head of policy and corporate relations at Newport CBC. He previously held posts with the Apex Trust, Royal National Institute for the Deaf, National Deaf Children's Society and the Donaldson Trust.

He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons Psychology), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (B.Phil Education) and Bristol Business School, University of West England (MBA).

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