Mrs Forbes is currently assistant chief executive at Peterborough City Council, where she has led the council's work on, amongst other projects, best value, tackling crime and improving community safety. She is also acting director of community services and is responsible for arts, libraries, sports and the landscape service.
Said Mrs Forbes: 'I am delighted with my new appointment and I look forward to working with all who are associated with Uttlesford DC. There is much work to be done but I am sure that together we shall be able to achieve even greater success in the future.'
The leader of Uttlesford DC, Robert Chambers, said: 'The appointment process we have undertaken has been the most searching ever used in Uttlesford and we were delighted with the quality of those candidates who made the final stages.