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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New Allerdale boss makes jobs his top priority

THE new boss at Allerdale Council has pledged to bring new jobs and more investment to the area.

Ian Frost will take over as chief executive on July 1 when Harry Dyke retires. He was appointed at a council meeting last night.

Mr Frost, 46, spent nine months from June last year as its interim director of resources.

He has worked for councils in Stoke, Milton Keynes and Redcar and held a senior position with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

He said: “I’m proud to serve the people of Allerdale. I already love west Cumbria and, having worked for the council in an interim role, it feels like I’m coming home.

“My aim is to continue the good work that has already been started, with a strong focus on bringing jobs and investment to this area. My strategy will be all about continuation and making sure we deliver the plans which have been put in place.

“I won’t be rewriting anything that’s already been written but I will make sure that plans are delivered on time, on budget and that our work gives maximum improvement to the lives of everyday citizens of Allerdale.

“I want to make sure we have a council that the people who live and work here can be proud of and that it is a council which responds to their needs.”

Mr Frost will move to Allerdale from Stoke with his wife Sue, a teacher, and son Ewan, eight.

He was one of six candidates shortlisted by the council’s cross-party chief officer’s employment panel to be interviewed.

Alan Smith, leader of the council and panel chairman, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Ian build on Harry’s successes. I think we have made an excellent decision by appointing him and during the interview process he showed that he was head and shoulders above the other candidates.”

Having studied accountancy at Stoke on Trent College, Stafford College of Further Education and the former Liverpool Polytechnic, Mr Frost began his career on the finance team of Stoke on Trent City Council in 1983.

He moved through the ranks to become director of finance then director of corporate resources.

He moved to Milton Keynes Council as director of finance and then Redcar and Cleveland Council as interim finance manager.

He was head of transformation service at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for two years before moving to Allerdale in his previous post last year.

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