Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council have named Trevor Holden as their first joint Managing Director.
Trevor is currently the Chief Executive of Luton Borough Council, and subject to formal approval at a meeting of both full councils on Thursday 4th October at County Hall, he will take up this new post in the New Year.
There was an exceptional field of candidates for the role and both councils now look forward to working with Trevor as he leads forward this strategic collaboration between both councils.
Norfolk born and bred, Trevor attended Wymondham High School before a short stint at Lotus cars prior to joining the RAF. Having served in a variety of appointments, both overseas and at home, and achieving the rank of Wing Commander, Trevor moved to local government in 2004. After working as a Director in Derbyshire, he was appointed as Chief Executive of Breckland Council. He then moved to Luton Borough Council, where he has been instrumental in growing the council-owned airport and delivering the Luton Investment Framework.
This new appointment, if ratified by Members, is the beginning of the next phase of a collaborative journey for both councils that will see one joint officer team established to support two autonomous councils.
The collaboration of the two councils will accelerate faster growth and prosperity in a new combined area with the potential to deliver savings of around £8.6 million over the first five years. The two councils’ combined focus is on driving economic and housing growth and improving services to provide enhanced benefits for 260,000 residents and 10,000 businesses.
Trevor inherits a strong legacy on which to build a shared services partnership. With one joint officer team the two councils will continue to greatly improve their services for all residents and provide significant benefits to local businesses. It will also make the combined authorities more efficient and strengthen our hand when working with partners while increasing our ability to take advantage of commercial opportunities.
Cllr Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council said: “We are very pleased to recommend the appointment of Trevor to both councils on Thursday. Trevor has an incredible track record and we believe he is the ideal person to deliver first-class services for us in a forward-looking environment. He is in every way what we need to lead this historic collaboration as we work ambitiously to bring greater prosperity to our combined area.”
Cllr John Fuller, Leader of South Norfolk Council said: "We have worked with Trevor in the past and he knows both councils and the area well. A dynamic local economy needs an energetic Managing Director to drive it forward. These attributes combined with a strong belief that a Council should be there to support residents at all stages of their lives made Trevor the panel’s choice.”
Trevor said: “I am delighted to be returning to my home territory and to join the council’s staff as part of ‘one team’ that delivers this exciting new agenda for both councils.”