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The Chief Executive - David Hagg

The role of Chief Executive is a full time appointment made on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement. The appointment is made by the whole Council. By law, the Chief Executive (as with other senior staff) is not allowed to participate in any party political activity.

As Chief Executive, he is the Council’s Head of Paid Service and Proper Officer for a number of statutory functions. The responsibilities are set out in the Council’s Constitution.

The Chief Executive is expected to show community leadership and represent the Council on various strategic bodies and partnerships. In addition, he may be elected or invited to serve on regional or national bodies as a result of his position as Chief Executive. For example, David has served on regional committees in the North West and South West and on the national District Council Chief Executive network representing colleagues in the South West. He has been a non - executive director of Gloucestershire Development Agency and Gloucestershire Connexions and an adviser to community trusts. He served as a commissioner on the Low Commission on the future of advice and legal support. In November 2014, he was appointed by the Canal and River Trust, a national charity responsible for inland waterways, as Chair of the South Wales and Severn Partnership Committee. He has been appointed to this unpaid role for a three year term.

He is the District Controller for emergency planning and civil contingencies. David is the Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer for the District Council and the Returning Officer for parish councils. He is the Police Area Returning Officer for Gloucestershire and local Returning Officer at European Parliament elections.

David has been in post since July 2001. Before this he was Assistant Chief Executive at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester. His public service includes experience at metropolitan boroughs (unitary), shire districts and counties in the North East and North West of England. 


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