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Holden to leave Luton for joint district role

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Luton BC chief executive Trevor Holden has been appointed joint managing director of two Norfolk districts.

Mr Holden, who is originally from Norfolk and has been Luton’s most senior officer for eight years, will join South Norfolk Council and Broadland DC after they agreed a strategic collaboration.

South Norfolk chief executive Sandra Dinneen and Broadland chief executive Phil Kirby will be leaving their roles following the appointment.

Mr Holden will leave Luton in the new year and described the move as “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make”. He added his successor would take over “at what has to be one of the most exciting and dynamic periods in this town’s history”.

He added: “The Luton Investment Framework continues to bring impressive levels of transformation and opportunities to the town and our ambitious plans for London Luton Airport are set to make Luton an even more crucial player in the regional and national economy.”

“It has been a complete honour and privilege to have served as the Chief Executive of such a great place and fantastic council; which I know will continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Mr Holden started his career in local government in 2007 having previously served in the RAF and was later chief executive of Breckland DC.

In a joint statement, South Norfolk leader John Fuller (Con) and Broadland leader Shaun Vincent (Con) said Mr Holden had the “right combination of skills and expertise that we need to drive our ambitious growth agenda”.

They added: “With Trevor in a position to lead both councils we will now take advantage of the larger scale provided by our collaboration, to improve services for our 260,000 local residents and for our 10,000 businesses.”

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