Northamptonshire County Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Freer as chair of the newly created Improvement Board.
Steve’s appointment is a key step in Northamptonshire’s challenging improvement journey over the next two years. The board will work alongside the council and the commissioners to support and challenge the council’s plans for improvement, with a particular focus on its financial arrangements.
Cllr Matthew Golby, leader of the council, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Steve as our independent Improvement board chair. His appointment is a really important step in the recovery of the council and our communities going forward.
"Steve’s experience will be invaluable to us and the board in ensuring we focus on the right things, particularly in the challenges we face on our finances."
Steve Freer said: "I am very pleased to take on this important role. The challenges facing Northamptonshire are well documented. I am looking forward to working with the council to support its recovery and help place its finances and its services in the best possible position ahead of the expected transition to a unitary local government structure in Northamptonshire."
Steve has held a range of senior roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. He is a very experienced chief executive with a national and international reputation and network.
Since stepping down from his thirteen year tenure as the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in September, 2013, he has taken on a number of new non-executive roles including the chairmanship of Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd, the body which is responsible for appointing auditors to local government and police bodies.