Newham Council interim Chief Executive selected

3 August 2018 in Council and democracy and Mayor
Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz has announced the selection of Katherine Kerswell to be the council’s interim chief executive for a period of six months.
​Katherine, centre, with Mayor Fiaz and the appointment committee​
Members of Newham’s Chief Officer Appointment Committee met with Katherine to undertake a final interview, and at the next meeting of Full Council in September will be making a formal recommendation about her appointment. She is to replace Kim Bromley-Derry who announced in June that he intends to retire from the role on August 31.

Katherine has experience of delivering significant transformational change and developing diversity in both local and national government, including both the Department for Education and the Home Office. She was the first director general in the Cabinet Office to have responsibility for civil service reform.

She has been chief executive of four different councils and for the past three years has been at Capita, running the organisation’s major health care support services business. She is a past President of the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE).

Mayor Fiaz said: “I am delighted Katherine is joining us as interim chief executive. I am looking forward to tapping into her extensive knowledge of resident focus, commercial skills, and leading large organisations through change. She shares the commitment of this new administration to put people at the heart of everything we do and introduce greater diversity to the council. Katherine will also be supporting through the process of looking for a new permanent chief executive.”

Katherine said: “I am honoured to be joining Newham Council. I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with Mayor Fiaz to accelerate the pace of her agenda to deliver major change.”

Katherine will work alongside Kim Bromley-Derry until he leaves at the end of the month. Kim said: “I am really positive for Newham and its future. I took flexible retirement in 2017 for personal reasons and both Mayor Fiaz and I agree that now is the perfect opportunity to seek a new permanent chief executive to help her and her Cabinet members deliver her exciting agenda for Newham and its people.”

Mayor Fiaz said: "I am grateful for the work Kim has done in supporting my transition into the Mayoralty and I recognise the contribution he has made to Newham over 11 years, including eight years as chief executive.”