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TRADE UNIONIST GETS TOP JOB AT BLACKBURN COUNCIL

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Blackburn with Darwen Council has appointed a senior director with the authority to be its new chief executive....
Blackburn with Darwen Council has appointed a senior director with the authority to be its new chief executive.

He is Graham Burgess who is executive director for regeneration and technical service areas.

Council leader Kate Hollern said:

'The recruitment and selection process was rigorous, including assessment tests and an initial interview. Four candidates were brought forward to the final interview.

'Phil Watson has been an excellent chief executive but we are confident we have selected the right person to replace him.'

Graham Burgess joined Blackburn with Darwen Council in 1998 as executive director for regeneration and technical service areas. He began his career in Liverpool, where he qualified as a teacher and worked as a social worker, before becoming assistant director of social services for the city council.

Mr Burgess has also been the full time chair of the national and regional bodies of the trade union NALGO, and the Trades Union Congress.

He starts his job as chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council in October, following the retirement of Mr Watson at the end of September 2006.

Mr Burgess said: 'I am really looking forward to the challenge of being chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council. It's a special job, in a special place. I know the borough well, having worked here for eight years. I intend to build on the council's excellent national reputation which helps bring investment into our borough and to work with councillors and our partners to further improve services for local people'.

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