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LGRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Wilthew, NALC Clerk of the Year and former Chippenham Town Council Chief Executive, to join our team of associates.

Nick Randle OBE, LGRC director, commented: “LGRC are very pleased to be able to offer clients access to someone of Sue’s calibre. I have a long association with Sue and have been extremely impressed with her professionalism and achievements across a wide range of functions over the course of her career. It is heartening to see her work recognised by NALC in their prestigious Star Council Awards. She represents the epitome of the multi-faceted professionalism required in a Clerk to a 21st Century Council.”

LGRC co-director Max Goodison adds: “Sue Wilthew will be a great asset in helping councils implement the most efficient and effective best practice solutions to the challenges they face. This is particularly important given the ongoing trends of devolution and localism within the context of today’s challenging financial environment.”

Among Sue Wilthew’s many projects during the last six years with Chippenham Town Council, she has been heavily involved in delivering new services for the town such as the opening of The Neeld community and arts centre and gaining national recognition for Chippenham’s evening and night time economy through the Purple Flag accreditation. Sue also worked on developing the professionalism of the sector in a leadership role as the Society of Local Council Clerks’ Wiltshire Mentor whilst also engaging with MPs over issues affecting the town and parishes sector. As a result, her work has brought her into contact with many senior national politicians in recent years.

Prior to her role as Chief Executive of Chippenham Town Council, Sue was Chief Executive of Frome Town Council from 2004 to 2010 where she was also principal adviser on policy, business and strategy, driving the delivery of effective management of all resources and securing best value.

When asked about her future with LGRC Sue says: “This is a terrific opportunity for me to continue to share my cross-sector experience in the town and parish council sector. Building on my experience as Chief Executive both at Chippenham and Frome, I look forward to helping councils by providing solutions to their short, medium and long term capacity needs, while ensuring a strategic and business orientated approach to service delivery. Councils continue to face significant challenges in 2017, particularly as they take on devolved services and assets from principal authorities and strive to ensure that community partnership and engagement is at the forefront of all they do.”