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Northumberland County Council Chief Executive Steven Mason is leaving the organisation to pursue fresh challenges. Steven has been with the council for nearly 15 years, working in a number of financial roles, and has been chief executive for the past three years. Speaking about his departure, Steven said: “It is with sadness that I have decided to leave the Council after nearly fifteen years service to the residents of Northumberland. “During my time the Council has faced many challenges, most notably local government reorganisation and the impact of cuts in local government funding over an extended period of time. “The Council’s approach and direction will change significantly following the recent County Council election and it is an appropriate time for new managerial leadership at a time when the political leadership has changed with a radically different agenda.” The Council Leader, County Councillor Peter Jackson, thanked Steven for leaving a strong and stable organisation which would give the new administration time to agree new priorities. The current Deputy Chief Executive Daljit Lally will be the interim Chief Executive. Following the formation of a new administration at full council yesterday it has been agreed Steven can leave immediately to allow a smooth transition to a new Chief Executive.
Northumberland County Council has opened a book of condolence following the terrorist attack in Manchester. The book is available to sign at the reception area in County Hall, Morpeth, from today (May 24th). Daljit Lally, Deputy Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council said: “The events in Manchester were truly shocking and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone in Northumberland in sending our condolences to all those affected by these terrible events. “We stand together with Manchester, the victims and their families. Terrorism will not win”. #westandtogether
a news article posted Bot in NewsHistorian and broadcaster John Grundy has been announced as the presenter at this year’s LOVE Northumberland Awards. The annual celebration of projects and initiatives that improve the county’s environment culminate in an event at The Alnwick Garden and, this July, John will be announcing the winning entries on the night. All shortlisted entries in seven categories are invited to the celebration event, and the winners are presented with their awards by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland. John Grundy has written and presented a variety of architectural and history programmes for both radio and television, and in the late 1990s co-wrote and edited the new edition of Niklaus Pevsner's ‘Northumberland’. He has introduced thousands of people to the unique and often breath-taking architecture of the North and has become one of the most popular presenters on local television. He is chair of the Friends of Beamish Museum. John says: “I have a huge love of the North of England, and Northumberland is a special favourite of mine. These awards are a fantastic way of helping to celebrate the work and commitment of community members in improving their local areas - for the benefit of all. I very much look forward to hearing about all the shortlisted projects - and announcing the winners on the night.” Paul Jones, director of local services and housing delivery at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted that John is able to come along as presenter of the LOVE Northumberland awards this year. His detailed knowledge of Northumberland makes him ideally placed to help us to celebrate environmental and community projects across the county.” There is still time to get a last minute entry in for this year’s awards, before the closing date of Wednesday 31st May. Entries are invited in the categories of best new project; best urban project; best coast or countryside project; best young people’s project; best children’s project; best school recycling project; and outstanding individual. You can find further information about the categories and an application form at www.northumberland.gov.uk/LOVE, or by phoning 01670 622992.