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New CEO, Charlie Adan, joins Kingston Council

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Charlie Adan today (10 August 2016) starts in her post as the new Chief Executive for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, following the ‘resignation’ (at a cost of £250,000 to the taxpayer) of former CEO, Bruce McDonald.

Ms Adan was previously Chief Executive of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. There, she was part of Suffolk’s Public Services senior leadership team, which led whole system public service reform in the county with other CEOs from local government as well health, police and voluntary and community services.

Kevin Davis, Leader of The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames said: 

“Charlie has real passion for resident engagement and understands that they come first. She brings a savvy commercial head and social heart which will help secure Kingston’s reputation as being the best place to live and work. This is an exciting new chapter for Kingston.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Council refuse to deny ‘interim interim CEO’ lied on job application

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KINGSTON Council have refused to deny that the newly-appointed ‘interim interim CEO’, Gill Steward, who is on a six-week contract with Kingston Council, lied about her qualifications when applying for the role.

Gill Steward, who until recently was Chief Executive of Bexley Council, claims on her LinkedIn profile to have a Masters degree in Public Administration from Warwick University.

However, leaked documents from Bexley Council, seen by this publication, reveal that Ms. Steward never completed her Masters degree, dropping out before completing the course.

When Kingston Council were asked whether Ms. Steward had misled the authority when applying for the job, together with a request to confirm Ms. Steward’s qualifications they refused to comment, instead releasing the following statement: “Due to health reasons, the responsibilities of the current interim CEO, Roy Thompson, are being picked up by members of the council’s permanent leadership team for a period of six weeks.

“Based on her experience and track record, Gill Steward has been brought on board, three-days a week, to support the leadership team during this time.”
Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Opposition, said: “I asked Cllr Green about the application and she told me that it was all handled by HR and she did not see the information. On checking she tells me Gill’s CV was accurate. I have not seen the paperwork myself so can’t say more.”
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