New chief exec for Local Government Ombudsman

The Local Government Ombudsman has appointed Nigel Ellis as its new chief executive.

Formerly the organisation's director of operations, Ellis has taken up the role following an external recruitment process and replaces Michael King, who became the local government ombudsman and chair of the Commission of Local Administration in January.

The LGO dealt with 19,702 complaints about local authorities in 2015-16.

"I am delighted with this opportunity to help ensure the LGO remains an effective and efficient organisation that puts things right for people who have suffered as a result of poor public services, while using our insight to help prevent injustices to others," Ellis said.

King added: "Nigel has been instrumental in designing and delivering the positive changes that we have made at LGO over recent years, and I very much welcome the depth of experience and continuity that his appointment gives the organisation for the next phase of our development."

Ellis takes up the post with immediate effect.

As chief executive, he will also act as the accounting officer for the Commission for Local Administration in England and host the statutory position of commission secretary under the Local Government Act 1974.