South Ribble set for new CEO

SOUTH RIBBLE Borough Council has named Heather McManus as its new chief executive.

McManus, a former deputy chief executive of Lancaster city council, will take over from interim chief executive Jean Hunter, who was drafted in 12 months ago to lead wide-ranging improvements across the council.

McManus is currently an interim consultant at the London Borough of Enfield, where she has developed new service delivery models and provided strategic property advice on the council's regeneration programmes.

She began her local government career in 1985 and has held senior management positions at authorities including Oldham and Cheshire East.

At Lancaster, McManus oversaw budgets of £100m and led a team of more than 1,200, and was involved in the development of the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

The council said the appointment comes after "a difficult 18 months where the effectiveness of some of its services have been called into question".

McManus said: "I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been given the job of chief executive at South Ribble Borough Council. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the council in a place brimming with potential and with a great community at its core.

"Exciting times are ahead with the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal bringing thousands of new jobs and homes to the area. I am looking forward to working with officers, members, partners and the community to harness these opportunities and further develop the full potential of South Ribble."

Council leader Cllr Peter Mullineaux said: "I am thrilled that Heather McManus is coming on board and I am very much looking forward to working with her to push forward and look to the future.

"With an impressive set of skills and a wealth of experience, I am sure Mrs McManus will be a dynamic chief executive and together we will make sure residents receive the excellent council services they deserve."