New Hartlepool council chief looks forward to ‘exciting times’

Gill Alexander will take over as Hartlepool Borough Council's new chief executive.
Gill Alexander will take over as Hartlepool Borough Council's new chief executive.

COUNCILLORS have unanimously agreed on a local authority’s next boss.

Gill Alexander is to become Hartlepool Borough Council’s next chief executive.

At the final full council meeting for the municipal year, councillors voted to accept a recommendation from a seven-strong cross-party appointments panel that she should replace Dave Stubbs when he retires at the end of May.

Mr Stubbs is leaving the local authority after a career spanning 44 years.

Ms Alexander said: “I am delighted to receive the unanimous support of councillors.

“Despite the ongoing challenges, Hartlepool Borough Council is at the forefront of some great work and I am confident that exciting times lie ahead for Hartlepool.”

Hartlepool Borough Council is at the forefront of some great work and I am confident that exciting times lie ahead.

Gill Alexander

Ms Alexander has been Director of Child and Adult Services for Hartlepool Borough Council since October 2013.

Prior to that she was Director for Children, Young People and Learning for North Tyneside Council, a position she had held since 2005.

Mr Stubbs on the other hand joined the council in 1971 as a work study officer.

He went on to hold a number of senior positions before being appointed chief executive in October 2012.

Mr Stubbs will be leaving the council just as the Hartlepool Vision and Regeneration Masterplan are starting to have a “really positive impact on the town”, said a council spokesman.

The National Museum for the Royal Navy has revealed it is in advanced talks with the council to create a new museum for the North of England in the heart of the Marina.

It was also announced recently that Hartlepool is to receive £5m of Growth Deal funding to create an Innovation & Skills Quarter in the Church Street area which aims to encourage students from local colleges to set up businesses in the town, creating jobs.