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New Chief Executive announced

The Council is pleased to announce that Mark Smith was confirmed as the council’s new Chief Executive at the meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Mark currently works for Reading Borough Council as Chief Officer responsible for Transportation, Highways & Streetcare, where he oversees an annual budget of over £20M, manages over 300 staff and is responsible for a capital budget of £30M. Mark was previously Director of Neighbourhood Services at Wiltshire Council until 2013 and had a lead role in setting up Wiltshire Unitary Council in 2009. He was also a Director at the former Kennet District Council based in Devizes; he has a long successful track record of developing strategy, service delivery, partnership working, delivering major infrastructure schemes and transformation within local government. Mark has an MBA, a Bachelor of Laws degree, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Manager. Mark has a wealth of experience in local government, commencing his career at Stratford -Upon-Avon District Council in Warwickshire and has worked in district, unitary, metropolitan borough and county councils over the last 30 years.
Mark has two grown up children and lives in Rowde, he lists his interest as Rugby, (spectating now though), keeping fit, archaeology and the outdoors; he hopes to be in post before the local elections take place on May 4 2017.

Mark said; “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been selected as Chief Executive at Chippenham Town Council; this is a fantastic opportunity to lead the officer team in one of the largest and most progressive town councils in the country. I’m here for the duration and will provide stability and officer leadership for the council going forward – Chippenham is a fantastic town, in a lovely county with a great town council and the ability to punch above its weight – I will do my utmost to ensure that the council continues to work hard for the town and everyone who lives, works, visits and invests in the town.
Clearly a great deal of modernisation has happened in recent years and I’m looking forward to working closely with elected members, officers, partners and the community to ensure that we continue to build on those successes and realise the full potential of the town and the council”

Cllr Desna Allen said; “We are delighted to welcome Mark to lead the Council into a very exciting and challenging future. His experience and expertise will add to this Councils Can do, Will do, philosophy.”


We look forward to welcoming Mark and working with him in the future.

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