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Council’s Chief Executive to retire in 2016


094-sandraThe Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, Sandra Whiles, has announced her retirement after 11 years at the helm.

Approved by District Councillors at a meeting on Tuesday 3 November, Sandra’s retirement will commence at the end of May 2016.

On retiring, Sandra (pictured) said:

“It will be really hard to leave people but I’m incredibly proud of what the council has achieved during my 11 years as Chief Executive. I absolutely love my work and no Chief Executive can succeed for this long without having amazing people to work with.

“I have been blessed to work with so many incredible colleagues, councillors and partners over my time and I have every confidence that the Senior Leadership Team at Blaby will carry on growing, thriving and delivering for the area well into the future.”

Sandra joined Blaby District Council in 2003 as Strategic Director, leaving her previous position as a Director at South Derbyshire District Council.

She was appointed to the position of Chief Executive in May 2005.

The council has had many notable achievements during Sandra’s tenure, including achieving the Customer Services Excellence award for the whole Council, supporting the development of Leicestershire’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau and developing strong relationships with businesses within the district.

The council also became the first District Council to set up a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to help first time buyers and stimulate the housing market.

Earlier this year, Blaby District was also reported to be the sixth happiest place to live in the country by the Office of National Statistics

Terry Richardson
Cllr. Terry Richardson

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“Our district has been extremely lucky to have someone of Sandra’s creativity and ability as Chief Executive for over a decade.

Under her leadership this council has managed to adapt to the vast changes we, and every other council has faced, coming out a much better local authority for it.

“We will all miss her desperately, and we can only thank her for the strong and healthy position she will be leaving Blaby District Council in.”

The appointment of Jane Toman, the council’s current Director of People, as the Interim Chief Executive, was ratified at meeting of councillors on 8 Dece mber.

Ms. Toman will take up her duties from 1st March 2016.

Blaby Chief Executive awarded public health honour

public_health_award_sandra_whilesBlaby District Council’s Chief Executive has been awarded an accolade from the UK’s standard setting body for public health.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) board has recently voted to elect Blaby District Council Chief Executive Sandra Whiles as an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health.

This level of membership is only offered to those who are recognised as having distinguished themselves through their significant contribution to public health practice, policy or research, or to the specialty of public health.

FPH was established as a registered charity in 1972 and represents more than 3,300 professionals working in public health. Its members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are employed in a variety of settings, usually working at a strategic or specialist level.

The honorary membership recognises the ground breaking work that is developing across Leicestershire around housing and health.

Sandra Whiles
Sandra Whiles

Sandra Whiles said:

“I am honoured and very touched to have been put forward for this honorary membership. District Councils across Leicestershire are working alongside public health colleagues at the County Council to deliver some really innovative services which will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people.

I’m really fortunate to be involved in this work and will use my membership of the Faculty of Public Health to make sure that our work is shared widely.”

Cllr Ernie White
Cllr Ernie White

Ernie White, Leader at Blaby District Council, and Chairman of Leicestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board added:

“I am delighted at this recognition of the valuable contribution that that Sandra has made to the welfare of Leicestershire residents.”

Blaby District communities join forces

The Leader of Blaby District Council has signed a Community Covenant with serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families, as part of Armed Forces Day.

Councillor Ernie White was joined by Sandra Whiles, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber, Head of Engagement at Headquarters 49 (East) Brigade, and David Atterbury, County Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Royal British Legion, in signing the declaration.

Signing the declaration
Signing the declaration: (l-r) David Atterbury, Sandra Whiles, Cllr. Ernie White, Lt.Col. David Dawber.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces community.

Its purpose is to encourage support for the Armed Forces community working and residing in Blaby District and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by its members.

For Blaby District Council and partner organisations, the covenant is an opportunity for them to use their knowledge and expertise to help with the provision of support to members of the Armed Forces community.

Whereas for the Armed Forces, the covenant encourages the integration of service life into civilian life and encourages members to help in their local community.

Leader Ernie White said:

“This covenant builds on the strong connections already demonstrated between Blaby District and the Armed Forces community through ongoing initiatives such as the partnership at the Argents Mead Memorial and the continuing work with the veteran community.”

For more information on the covenant please visit www.gov.uk/government/policies/fulfilling-the-commitments-of-the-armed-forces-covenant