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London borough names new chief

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Kim Dero has been named as Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s permanent chief executive, having held the post on an interim basis since April.

She has worked for the council for 20 years, most recently as director of delivery and value.

The role is subject to formal confirmation by full council.

Leader Stephen Cowan (Lab) said: “In H&F we believe in doing things differently to the way they’ve been done before and in radically rethinking our relationship with local people.

“Kim understands and shares our world view and has proved her ability to make change happen.”

Ms Dero said taking the post was a “fantastic opportunity to lead the transformation of council services; we need to be even more responsive to residents’ needs, more agile and more innovative when developing early help and preventative approaches”.

A council statement described Ms Dero as having “her work cut out” as the borough has launched its own industrial strategy and boasts of being the only council to have cut or frozen council tax over the last three years, while also abolishing home care charges and putting more money into adult care services.

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