Friday, 3 May 2013
South Ayrshire Council appoints Eileen Howat as new chief executive
South Ayrshire Council has appointed Eileen Howat to be the next Chief Executive. Following an open, competitive recruitment process, the Appointments Panel made the appointment today (Friday 3 May).
Eileen (pictured above) has been an Executive Director with South Ayrshire since 2008. She currently leads the Resources, Governance and Organisation Directorate. She has previously been South Ayrshire’s Assistant Chief Executive and Head of Finance and ICT. She has been with the Council since it was formed in 1996 and prior to that held various finance posts with Strathclyde Regional Council.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Appointments Panel said: “I am delighted that we were able to make such a strong appointment for South Ayrshire. Eileen brings a wealth of experience and skills which will be invaluable in guiding the Council through the challenges which lie ahead. I look forward to working with Eileen on continuing our work to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people, communities and businesses of South Ayrshire.’
Eileen said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as South Ayrshire Council’s Chief Executive. I am very much looking forward to working with elected members, staff, partners, communities and the public in delivering high quality services throughout the area.
“This is a challenging time for all local authorities but I believe if we work together effectively, we will deliver the best outcomes for local residents, communities and businesses. I am very much looking forward to playing my part in that agenda as Chief Executive.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.