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Tower Hamlets appoints chief executive

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Tower Hamlets LBC is set to appoint a new chief executive.

Bexley LBC’s chief executive Will Tuckley has been recommended for the role.

A short statement from Tower Hamlets said Mr Tuckley’s proposed appointment will go before full council on 26 August.

Mr Tuckley has been Bexley’s chief executive since 2008. Before that he was deputy chief executive and director of the policy and corporate services department at Croydon LBC, a council he joined in 1996.

Last November, then communities secretary Eric Pickles said Tower Hamlets should recruit a permanent chief executive, section 151 officer and monitoring officer “as a matter of urgency” after an independent report by PwC identified governance problems and a failure to comply with best value duties.

However, LGC reported in April that the process had stalled with claims from commissioners, appointed in the wake of the PwC report, that there had been an “impasse” in discussions over the appointment of a chief executive.

In June, Tower Hamlets appointed two senior officers, after Labour’s John Biggs won the mayoralty.

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