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Preferred candidate chosen for the new chief executive of South Kesteven District Council after departure of Aidan Rave

Councillors have agreed on their preferred candidate for the role of chief executive of South Kesteven District Council.

Its employment committee met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss candidates and choose their preferred option.

The candidate will be put forward to the full council at an upcoming meeting.

South Kesteven District Council
South Kesteven District Council

South Kesteven District Council has not revealed the candidates publicly as it is sensitive information, surrounding individuals.

Former chief executive Aidan Rave left the authority in July 2019 and was replaced in the interim by Paul Thomas.

Mr Rave’s departure was under a reported cloud, with some inside the council suggesting a major row had caused a rift at the top, while others declared they had been gagged to prevent the truth being made public.

Not long after, the council’s leader, Coun Matthew Lee (Con), also stepped down and was later replaced by his

younger counterpart, Coun Kelham Cooke.

Coun Lee later indicated “some of [his] colleagues” disagreed with his vision to drive economic growth and investment.

Reports suggest Mr Rave received £75,000 as a pay-off when he left the authority, but SKDC has declined so far

to comment.

The chief executive vacancy advertised a salary of up to £127,000.

In a statement at the time, Coun Cooke called for the new chief executive to be a “visible and dynamic leader” and ensure both "clarity and consistency of purpose”.

“The emphasis in the coming years will be on stability and delivery: knowing where our priorities lie, and focusing on outcomes,” he said.

Click here to read our story about Aiden Rave leaving.

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