Essex CC chief executive Joanna Killian will be the next chair of the Solace management board, the body has confirmed.
Ms Killian’s will be the only name put forward at the society’s annual general meeting next month.
She will replace outgoing chair Derek Myers, joint chief executive of Kensington & Chelsea RBC and Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, who steps down after four years.
Mr Myers told LGC that there had been a number of expressions of interest in the post.
“We had three significant interests from serving chief executives of good standing who were interested in being my successor,” he said. “None of them were necessarily wanting to compete so we had a round of discussions about how this might be arranged and everybody agreed that Joanna was a first-class figurehead.
“She’s a tremendous catch and I’m enormously proud that Solace is still seen by senior players in local government as a relevance such that people of the calibre of Joanna [are interested in the role].”
Alongside Ms Killian’s election, Solihull MBC chief executive Mark Rogers will be announced as junior vice-president.