North Kesteven deputy chief in promotion

A leading officer at North Kesteven District Council is moving on to become the first female chief executive at a Nottinghamshire council.

Karen Bradford, the authority’s current deputy chief executive, will be taking her place on the head table at Gedling Borough Council in November.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Councillor Richard Wright, said: “Here in North Kesteven she has had a significant impact in leading an extensive and transformative investment across our leisure and cultural services, and in the sphere of economic development, guided by her passion for community engagement and her inestimable personal skills; collaborating with partners to deliver the highest quality services whilst achieving best value for all.

“Our loss is Gedling’s gain and we wish Karen all the best in her new role. It is a fantastic opportunity for her, and we are confident that Gedling will benefit greatly from her leadership, drive and enthusiasm.”

Mrs Bradford beat 26 applicants to a shortlist of six who went on to face two days of testing.

She will be paid £108,000 when she begins her role, increasing over time to £110,000 and then £112,000.

Gedling Borough Council was created in 1974 and this will be the first female chief executive it has seen.

Mrs Bradford has lived in Gedling for 30 years.

She attended a local school and started her career at Nottingham City Council.

She said: “I am delighted to take up this position with Gedling Borough Council and look forward to being able to join the team in the autumn, focused on building financial stability, investing in services and exploring opportunities for economic development.

“I am honoured to be able to lead the Gedling team in delivering The Gedling Plan for the future growth and prosperity of the borough and its communities.”

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