Karen Bradford is appointed new chief executive of South Kesteven District Council
A new chief executive has been appointed by South Kesteven District Council.
Karen Bradford will take up her post in the next few months and replaces Aidan Rave, who left the authority last summer.
She was previously the first female chief executive of Gedling Borough Council.
Karen said: "I am honoured to have this opportunity to help shape the future of South Kesteven District Council at such an exciting time.
"I look forward to joining the team shortly and building on the excellent work that has already started to maximise the opportunities to grow the district in a sustainable way that ensures we deliver what residents, businesses and investors want and need.”
She was chosen from five candidates, shortlisted from a total of 17, after being interviewed over a two-day period.
Councillors will be introduced to her at an upcoming meeting of full council.
District council leader, Coun Kelham Cooke (Con-Casewick), said: “Karen has a wealth of experience, particularly in terms of driving change and generating growth that will be a real benefit to our district.
"She knows the area very well, having been deputy chief executive and monitoring officer at North Kesteven District Council for four years before moving to Gedling Borough Council as chief executive in 2018.
"I look forward to working with Karen as we take forward the council's ambitious growth agenda to deliver for our residents, our businesses and our communities.”
Karen started her local government career at Nottingham City Council in the 1980s.
She has worked across the country in Lancashire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and has held a variety of roles starting in leisure and moving to economic development, transformation, major capital construction projects, housing and planning.
Currently, she is national general secretary of the Association for Public Service Excellence and is police area returning officer-elect for the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held in May 2020.
Some of Karen's spare time is spent volunteering as the chairman of the trustees for a multi-academy education trust in Lincolnshire, where her passion and focus for excellence and high performance creates an environment to support students to achieve their full potential.