Croydon confirms new director of place

Croydon Council has appointed Shifa Mustafa as its new executive director of place.

Mustafa will replace Jo Negrini, who left the role in July to become Croydon's chief executive.

She has over 30 years' experience in local government and joins Croydon from Kingston Council, where she provided interim leadership and management for environmental services for the last 18 months.

Mustafa also spent six years at another London borough, Waltham Forest, where she oversaw a number of environment and regeneration services, working on the redevelopment of Walthamstow town centre, the opening of a new rail station and the creation of the country's largest nature reserve.

"Shifa brings with her a wealth of knowledge and skills that will be instrumental to the delivery of our exciting plans for Croydon," Negrini said.

"She is an outstanding candidate who will keep the borough's residents at the heart of her decisions and I'm sure she will be a real asset to Croydon."

Council leader Cllr Tony Newman added: "It's a very exciting time for Shifa to be joining the council. Croydon is London's growth borough and major investment and regeneration is already beginning to change our town. Shifa's appointment completes a strong, new senior leadership team at the council and I'm confident they are the right people to deliver our ambitious plans for Croydon and its residents."

Mustafa said: "I'm very much looking forward to working with colleagues and partners to deliver the best possible frontline services and to continue the borough's significant achievements in delivering its ambitious plans for transformational growth."