New Year honour for Newham Council Chief Executive

31 December 2016 in Council and democracy
Mayor Sir Robin Wales has offered congratulations on behalf of residents to Newham Council Chief Executive Kim Bromley-Derry who has become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the list of New Year honours.
A CBE is given for leadership or exemplary service. Mr Bromley-Derry, 55, has been honoured for his distinguished service to local government.

Kim said: “I have been privileged to have worked in a number of different roles in local government alongside so many exceptional people. It is humbling to be recognised in this way.

"I am immensely proud of the work and the progress made by Newham Council over the years. This award reflects the tremendous dedication and professionalism of all of our staff and the drive and commitment of Mayor Sir Robin Wales and elected councillors in dealing with the challenges and opportunities that such a diverse and thriving borough offers. I have pleasure in accepting the honour not just for myself, but also in recognition of the support from so many people over the years, including my wife Debbie and daughters Rebekah and Chloe-Louise.”

Mr Bromley-Derry has been chief executive of Newham Council, host borough of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, since 2010. Under his stewardship Newham was shortlisted as Council of the Year in the 2012/13 Local Government Chronicle awards and has been shortlisted in the same category for the 2016/17 award to be announced in March. He received Honorary Freedom of the City of London in November.

A social worker by profession, Kim has worked in a range of settings in local government within both children's and social care services at both practitioner and management level since 1981.

He joined Newham at the end of 2007 as executive director for children and young people's services, having previously served as director of children's services at South Tyneside Council. Prior to that, Kim was service director for children and young people's social care at Leicester City Council. He had previously worked for local authorities in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire.

Kim has previously been national president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and chair of the Children’s Inter Agency Group that brought together lead agencies in children’s services from across local government, health services, police and the voluntary sector. He previously chaired the National Family Intervention Group and was also a member of the Government's Social Work Task Force. Kim is currently a Board member of Newham College and the National College of Creative and Cultural Skills.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Kim has given outstanding service to the residents of Newham over many years. He is an example of the very best that public service has to offer. This is a thoroughly deserved honour and we are delighted for him. He has displayed exemplary leadership, strategic and operational skills throughout his career.”