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Chief executive to leave next year

East Herts Council's chief executive Liz Watts, whose family lives in Suffolk, has announced that she will be leaving the council in order to achieve a better work-life balance.

Work-life balance 

Liz, who commutes between home and work, told staff today that she would like to spend more time with her family and children in their teenage years.

"It's been the most immense privilege to work with you all at East Herts," she said, "and I am enormously grateful to the leader, Linda Haysey, and her colleagues for placing their trust in me as chief executive. 

"I'm proud of the many things we have collectively achieved in the council during my time here.  We have exciting capital investments in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford leisure centres, an extension of Hertford Theatre to include cinemas, a bigger theatre and more studio space, and plans for a transformational town centre scheme at Old River Lane in Stortford.

Special place 

"I leave behind an organisation which is full of dedicated and resourceful colleagues and I'm extremely grateful for their support to me over the years.  Working for the local council isn't perceived as the most glamorous of jobs but I am constantly impressed by the way my colleagues go above and beyond to support residents, businesses and visitors to the district, making East Herts a truly special place."

The process of recruiting a replacement will start immediately, with an advert in the MJ this week.  The East of England LGA has been appointed as recruitment advisors.  The plan is to have a candidate to recommend to the full council meeting next March.

Before joining East Herts, Liz was one of two directors at West Suffolk - a shared structure across Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury Councils - where she oversaw the transformation of Newmarket town centre, its traffic, tourism, economic development and education.

In 2002 she was appointed deputy director of the resources office of the High Representative in Sarajevo - an international organisation set up directly after the war in Bosnia to cover civilian elements of the Dayton peace agreement - with responsibility for 100 staff.

 

December 18 2018