Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Interim Chief Executive announced 

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Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced Nick Steevens as its new Interim Chief Executive, following unanimous approval by full council on Wednesday 15 May 2024.  

Nick is currently the council's Strategic Director for Environment and Community, and will take up his new role on 1 July 2024.  Arrangements will be made to backfill his role in the interim.    

Surrey Heath Borough Council's current Chief Executive, Damian Roberts, will be taking up his new role as Chief Executive of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council in the summer, providing an opportunity for a formal handover.    

Cllr Shaun Macdonald, Leader of the Council said: “Nick brings a wealth of experience in local government, and his leadership will be instrumental in guiding the council through this transition period. Nick’s passion for making things better for people, specifically Surrey Heath residents, businesses and council colleagues, shone through the selection process. I'm also delighted that his appointment received unanimous support from all members of the council.”     

Damian Roberts, Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “Surrey Heath really is a very special place and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work here, and proud to be able to hand the baton over to another member of the team.   

“I know that I’ll be leaving a strong organisation full of good people, brimming with talent and potential, ready to make the most of the opportunities ahead.”  

Nick Steevens said: “I am excited to support Surrey Heath Borough Council in such a privileged position. I look forward to serving the council and the residents of Surrey Heath over the months ahead.”  

During the meeting, Cllr Shaun Macdonald took the opportunity to thank Damian Roberts for his service to the council, which was echoed by the various Group Leaders (Conservative, Community and Labour), before the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Pat Tedder, led the chamber in a fully supported vote of thanks by members.  

A recording of the meeting can be watched on the council’s YouTube channel