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Surrey County Council set to select new Chief Executive

The Head of Local Government for KPMG, Joanna Killian, is set to be Surrey County Council’s new Chief Executive.

The former Essex County Council chief, who joined world-renowned business consultancy KPMG in 2015, was chosen after a selection process to find a replacement for David McNulty.

Subject to Surrey’s Full Council approving the appointment next month, Joanna is expected to take over as Chief Executive in the first few months of 2018.

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “Joanna will be a huge asset to Surrey and I hope Full Council will agree she is clearly the best person for the job.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure someone with so much experience both in the public and private sector. I have no doubt the expertise she has developed with KPMG and Essex will be enormously beneficial to the county.”

Joanna said: “It’s both a pleasure and a privilege to be joining Surrey. Clearly the staff and members have done some amazing things in recent years and the county is looking at a future with truly transformed public services.

“Working for KPMG has been fantastic but I can’t wait to get started in Surrey so we can continue to improve services and get on with the crucial work of shaping them around the modern needs of residents.”

Joanna began her career in housing at Redbridge council and went on to work for both Tower Hamlets and Croydon before becoming Director of Local Government Performance and Improvement at the Audit Commission.

She joined Essex in 2005 as Director of Policy, Resources and Performance, becoming Chief Executive a year later and guiding the authority to savings of £620 million in five years. Joanna has spent the last two years at KPMG as a partner and Head of Local Government and Devolution.

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