‘Exciting time to join council’ says new chief executive of South Kesteven District Council

Leader of South Kesteven District Council Coun Matthew Lee, left, and Deputy Leader Coun Kelham Cooke welcome the new Chief Executive Aidan Rave.

Leader of South Kesteven District Council Coun Matthew Lee, left, and Deputy Leader Coun Kelham Cooke welcome the new Chief Executive Aidan Rave.

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The new chief executive of the district council says he is looking forward to working on exciting new plans for the area.

Aidan Rave was formally appointed as chief executive of South Kesteven District Council last week.

Mr Rave takes over from Beverly Agass who was in the post for eight years and has left to join South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Mr Rave said: “This is an exciting time to join South Kesteven and I’m very much looking forward to working with members to realise some of the fantastic new plans we have in place for the District.

“Over the coming weeks I’ll be getting out and about to find out how we can continue to improve services and achieve the best possible value for our residents.”

Councillor Matthew Lee, who was elected Leader of the District Council in May, said: “We thank Beverly for all of her hard work and commitment to our district over many years and wish her every success in her next role.

“Our challenge has been to find a new Chief Executive to help drive the Council forward positively in what I genuinely consider to be the start of a new era.

“Our district has many advantages and opportunities. We also face our fair share of challenges. We have therefore been looking for a candidate with drive, passion and ambition – and a track record of delivery.

“Following a rigorous interview process by a cross-party panel, Aidan was the stand-out candidate. His broad experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors will be invaluable, as will the fact that he has held elected office. We are excited to have him on board.”

Mr Rave is on a fixed term contract for 12 months with a possibility of an extension for a further 10 months. He is on a salary of £122,745 per annum.

Mr Rave began his career in politics in Doncaster where he became Deputy Mayor for five years. He then moved into executive recruitment before eventually joining the Barnardo’s charity as Interim UK Director of Strategy.