Tuddenham to take top job at Calderdale


The new Chief Executive of Calderdale Council has been selected subject to approval by Annual Council on 17 May 2017.

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s current Director of Communities and Service Support has been recommended for the post by the Council’s Employment Committee.

The Council’s current Chief Executive, Merran McRae is leaving Calderdale in June to become the new Chief Executive at Wakefield Council.

Robin has worked in local government at a senior level for over 16 years at Calderdale and for Waltham Forest and Barking & Dagenham Councils in East London.

In his current role he is responsible for a wide range of community and corporate services, and has led the major transformation of the Council at a time of unprecedented change in local government.

Robin has also undertaken reviews for other local authorities across the UK over the past ten years most recently for Birmingham City Council.

Before moving into local government, Robin worked in the voluntary sector and for the Probation Service. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has been a school governor and is a trustee of the Lankelly Chase Foundation.

On his selection Robin Tuddenham said:

It’s a great honour to be recommended as the next Chief Executive of Calderdale Council. Calderdale has become a very special place for me since I began working here in 2010, a place of vibrant market towns, villages and beautiful countryside, a place of enterprise, with talented people and an ambition to be the best borough in the north.

I look forward to working with councillors, staff, partners, and local people to realise this ambition, building upon what Merran has achieved over the past 5 years.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

I’m very pleased to be recommending this appointment after a challenging and competitive interview and selection process, which included a number of experienced and well qualified candidates.

Robin has a strong track record of achievement in Calderdale, including on the successful bid which secured £7 million from The National Lottery for the Piece Hall.  He has also achieved national recognition for his leadership role on community cohesion.

I’m very much looking forward to working with him to achieve our ambition to make Calderdale the best borough in the north.

Subject to the recommendation being approved at Annual Council meeting on 17 May, it is expected that Robin Tuddenham will be in post from 19 June 2017.

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