City Council appoints new Chief Executive

Laura Taylor has been appointed as Chief Executive of Winchester City Council. She is due to start in early January 2017.

The role is the City Council’s most senior officer, advising councillors and leading staff management and service delivery. The post is responsible for 470 staff, a budget of over £90m a year and a capital programme of more than £170m over the next five years.

Mrs Taylor is currently Executive Director at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and has previously worked at other Hampshire authorities including Test Valley Borough Council and Eastleigh Borough Council. She has also worked at Mole Valley District Council in Surrey where she worked to bring the road cycle race event to Surrey in the London 2012 Olympics.

Her professional background is in environmental and public health but over her 30-year career in the public sector, she has broad experience of leading a range of customer-facing services. In her current role she is responsible for a number of major development and regeneration projects along with business liaison. Mrs Taylor also has responsibility for community development, arts and wellbeing and partnerships.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

Laura’s experience and fresh approach will help Winchester to tackle its many challenges including devolution, improving services against a backdrop of reducing budgets and safeguarding the city’s heritage while looking to the future.

Laura Taylor said:

Winchester is an attractive place to live, to work and to visit. I look forward to helping members and colleagues work with local communities and organisations to develop and deliver the Council’s ambitious plans for the future.

The appointment was confirmed by the full Council (11 October) following a meticulous selection process.