New chief executive confirmed

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News release: 14 July 2017

Amanda Foley has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council.

Amanda Foley
Her appointment was approved unanimously by Councillors at a meeting of the full Council.

Amanda is currently the Council’s Head of Corporate Services, in charge of customer services, human resources, recruitment and training, information technology and business improvement.

She was recommended for the post by the Council’s Employment Procedure Committee which advertised the vacancy and interviewed a short-list of five candidates.

Amanda, who starts on Monday, said: “I am excited about taking up this opportunity and am looking forward to working with Councillors and staff in my new role.

“These are exciting and challenging times for the Council with a range of new projects now underway. These include the new Museum and Art Gallery in St Albans and a new sports and cultural centre in Harpenden.

“We are also looking to develop a seven acre site in the heart of St Albans. We will review options and develop a strategy to complete our Strategic Local Plan that identifies land for housing and other development.

“Besides that, we will continue to modernise the delivery of services such as planning, housing, car parking and waste management to provide them in an efficient way.”

Councillor Alec Campbell, the Council’s Leader who chaired the cross-party Employment Procedure Committee, said: “I am pleased that full Council accepted our recommendation and that Amanda has been appointed to the post.

“Along with other Councillors, I will be working closely with her to deliver the Council’s priority projects over the coming years.”

Amanda, who lives in the District with her family, joined the Council eight years ago from Ofsted – the Government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills .

She had been Ofsted’s Head of HR Strategy and had previously worked in banking, retail and the Civil Service.

Amanda takes over from James Blake who was the Chief Executive for four and a half years. He is leaving to become the Chief Executive of the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales).

The meeting of full Council was held on Wednesday 12 July.

Councillor Contact:
Cllr Alec Campbell, Leader of  St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 07793 550200, Email: 
Contact for the media: 
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City & District Council, Tel: 01727 296130, E-mail: