Council set to appoint an Interim Chief Executive as a permanent search begins

Published11th January 2023

Ipswich Borough Council is beginning its search for a new permanent Chief Executive with the help of expert consultants, Penna.

Details of the permanent role will be published at www.ambitiousipswich.com on Thursday 12 January with a closing date of 3 February 2023. It is expected that an appointment will then be made at a meeting of all 48 Ipswich Borough Councillors on 22 February 2023.

In the meantime,  Helen Pluck, the Council’s current Deputy Chief Executive, will become ‘Interim Chief Executive’ from 1st February 2023 until the next permanent person starts. This appointment is expected to be made at a meeting of all 48 Councillors on 25 January 2023. Mrs Pluck will hold this position until a permanent Chief Executive can take up the role.

Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of the Borough Council, says:

 "I am pleased that we are starting the search for our permanent new Chief Executive. I would encourage anyone who might be interested in the role – be they an internal candidate or an external one to get in touch with Penna. I am also really pleased that Helen has agreed to step in and fulfil the role on an interim basis. She has been our Deputy Chief Executive for a decade and her stepping into the interim role will ensure continuity over the coming months.”