Two-fifths of the top jobs went to women, down on the previous year when 60% of appointments were female.
However, last year’s proportion was higher than the 12 months to August 2016 when 37% were women.
When the 32 appointments to county and unitary authorities are considered, however, only just over a third were female and of the 10 highest paid new chief executives in our survey only two were women – Angie Ridgwell at Lancashire CC and Debbie Warren at Greenwich LBC. Their salaries are £206,885 and £198,740 respectively and both have section 151 officer responsibilities in addition to their role as chief executive.
Overall though the average salary for a newly appointed female chief executive was £151,093, compared to £146,423 for male appointees.