MAY 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
New Chief Executive For Coventry Council
Manzie has been named as the new Chief Executive and Town Clerk of Coventry City Council.
Ms Manzie, currently Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council, said
"I am very excited about my appointment at Coventry City
Council. At a time of great social and economic change, Coventry must be one
of the most exciting places in the country to be.
"I am looking forward to
working with councillors, employees, local residents and the council's many
partners in business, the public and voluntary sectors."
Leader of the Council Nick Nolan said:
"I am delighted that Stella has
accepted this challenging post. Her appointment sends out a powerful signal
that not only can we expect a change of style at Coventry but perhaps also a
change of direction.
"From an original list of nearly 60 people drawn from across continents and
interests including private, public sector, statutory, voluntary and local
authority we finally after a lot of anguish came to six outstanding candidates.
"It was a difficult choice but the selection panel was unanimous in its
recommendation of Ms Manzie and we look forward to working with her as
Coventry builds its future."
The appointment is due to be formally endorsed by City Council at its
meeting on 24 May. Ms Manzie is expected to take up her post in September.
Until that time Cathy Goodwin will continue as acting Chief Executive and
Town Clerk, while also maintaining her role as Strategic Director (Lifelong
Goodwin has held this position since the former Chief Executive Iain
Roxburgh retired at the end of April.
- STELLA MANZIE
Stella Manzie is currently Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council, which
is a Unitary Authority based in Newbury.
Before that she was Chief Executive
of Redditch Borough Council for five years.
During a period as a Management
Consultant Stella also worked for a number of London Boroughs and a range of
other public sector organisations.
Her early career saw her working for Birmingham City Council,
SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) and the Association of County
Stella was appointed to OBE for services to Local Government.
was educated at leading Scottish independent school Fettes College
in Edinburgh before going on to Cambridge University where she
gained a first degree in English. She also holds a Masters Degree in Social
Sciences (Local Government and Health).
She has contributed to various
publications, notably "Lighthouses Not Spotlights" for SOLACE and her essay
"Citizenship - Not a Status, But a Culture" won the Kieron Walsh Memorial
Prize, University of Birmingham in 1996/7.
Stella has expressed particular interest in the social inclusion agenda in
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