Derby City Council has announced proposals for its top team including a new Acting Chief Executive, whilst it recruits a permanent new Chief Executive for the authority.

Christine Durrant
Christine Durrant

Christine Durrant is currently the Council’s Strategic Director of Communities and Place and the authority’s Deputy Chief Executive. Subject to final approval, she will take up the post following the departure of Paul Robinson who is due to take up his new role as Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council in March.

Starting with Derby City Council in 1997, Christine was initially confirmed as Acting Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods in January 2015 before taking on her permanent role a year later. She has a strong reputation for leading major infrastructure projects, including the New Swimming Pool Complex and the Our City Our River flood defence project.

In her capacity as Deputy Chief Executive, Christine has frequently deputised for the Chief Executive making it a natural step for her to be made Acting Chief Executive until a permanent successor is appointed. The appointment is subject to approval at a meeting of the full council which takes place later this month.

The meeting will also be asked to approve the appointment of Don McLure as the Interim Strategic Director of Corporate Resources, a position which also encompasses the statutory role of Chief Finance Officer. Mr McLure has a wealth of experience, with more than five years heading up Durham County Council’s financial, legal and democratic, human resources and ICT teams through one of the most difficult periods in local government history. Prior to this Don enjoyed an eight- year career with Derby City Council.  If approved Don would take up the post from 1st February 2018.

Recruitment of a permanent Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Resources is already underway, with the successful candidates likely to take the reins in the summer.

The interim appointments will go before councillors for their approval at a meeting of the City Council on Wednesday 24th January.