Chief executive to drive ‘new era’ for council

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South Kesteven District Council has appointed a new chief executive to help drive what it describes as a ‘new era’ for the council.

Aidan Rave joined the authority on Friday last week after his appointment was ratified at a full council meeting the previous day.

Aidan joins following the departure of the council’s current chief executive Beverly Agass, who was in the post for eight years and has left to join South Cambridgeshire District 

Aidan said: “This is an exciting time to join South Kesteven and I’m very much looking forward to working with members to realise some of the fantastic new plans we have in place for the 

“Over the coming weeks I’ll be getting out and about to find out how we can continue to improve services and achieve the best possible value for our residents.”

Leader Matthew Lee (Con) said: “We thank Beverly for all of her hard work and commitment to our district over many years and wish her every success in her next 

“Our challenge has been to find a new chief executive to help drive the council forward positively in what I genuinely consider to be the start of a new era.

“Our district has many advantages and opportunities. We also face our fair share of challenges. We have therefore been looking for a candidate with drive, passion and ambition – and a track record of delivery.

“Following a rigorous interview process by a cross-party panel, Aidan was the stand-out candidate. His broad experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors will be invaluable, as will the fact that he has held elected office.

“We are excited to have him on board.”

Aidan is on a fixed term contract for 12 months with a possibility of an extension for a further 10 months. He is on a salary of £122,745 per annum.

Aidan began his career in politics in Doncaster where he became deputy mayor for five years. He then moved into executive recruitment before eventually joining the Barnardo’s charity as Interim UK Director of