Cornwall Council confirms appointment of Kate Kennally as chief executive of the Council
At the Full Council meeting of 24 November, the appointment of Kate Kennally as chief executive was formally ratified. The Council issued a press release, see below.
Kate Kennally, currently the Strategic Director for Commissioning and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet, has been formally confirmed as Cornwall Council’s new Chief Executive. Welcoming Members’ endorsement of Ms Kennally appointment at today’s meeting of the full Council, Leader John Pollard said “I am delighted to welcome Kate to Cornwall. I know she is fully committed to the future of the Duchy and I am looking forward to working with her to make Cornwall the best place it can be.”
“We received applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience which meant the Panel was able to choose from a strong field of candidates. Members conducted a formal interview and considered a wide range of feedback from a number of assessments undertaken over the two day selection process. These were designed to test the candidates and draw out their knowledge, experience, skills, attributes and suitability for the role.
“In coming to its decision the Panel considered all the feedback and information available to them about the candidates. This was a very thorough process and I am very pleased that we were able to make a unanimous recommendation to the full Council. On behalf of the Panel I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process for their support in helping us to make this vital decision.
“Kate will take up her appointment in the New Year. The interim arrangements we put in place with the corporate directors covering the work of the Chief Executive and Trevor Doughty fulfilling the role of Head of Paid Service will continue until Kate joins us. Their willingness to work in this way has enabled the effective management of the authority to continue and I thank them for their continued support and all that they have done in the intervening period. ”
Kate Kennally first joined the London Borough of Barnet as Assistant Director Health Partnerships (Younger Adults) in 2006 after previously working in both health and social care roles for the Hampshire and Isles of Wight Strategic Health Authority, Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust, Buckinghamshire County Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. She became the Deputy Director of Adult Social Services for Barnet in 2008, a post she held for two years before being appointed as the Council’s Director of Adult Social Services in 2010. She became the Council’s Director of Social Care and Health in 2011, taking on the additional role of Director of Children’s Services in 2012. She was appointed as the Council’s Strategic Director for Communities in 2013, a role she held until November 2014 when she took up her current post as the Strategic Director for Commissioning and Deputy Chief Executive.
Kate will take up her new role in January and says she feels honoured by the Council’s decision to appoint her as the new Chief Executive.
“Being offered the post of Chief Executive of Cornwall Council provides a once in a life time opportunity to make a difference to a distinct and beautiful place that I love” she said.
“I am a passionate believer in the importance of public services working together to improve the lives of local people by creating thriving local communities, brilliant schools that enable children to succeed, and joined up services that focus on the needs of individuals. “The Cornwall Devolution Deal offers an exciting opportunity to turn this aim into reality and I am looking forward to working with Members, staff, partners and local residents to achieve this."