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Aberdeen City Council appoints new Chief Executive


Aberdeen City Council has announced that Angela Scott has been appointed as its new Chief Executive.

Angela Scott. Mrs Scott will step up to the role from her current position as the City Council's Director of Corporate Governance.

City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett said: "We are absolutely delighted to have chosen Angela Scott to take up the position as our new Chief Executive. Mrs Scott joined the City Council last year to head the Corporate Governance directorate. She has shone in that role, and we decided that she was perfectly suited to use her financial expertise, her drive and her leadership to help this Administration to deliver on our promises to the city.

"Mrs Scott has huge experience in managing big budgets and complex organisations and her appointment will stand us in good stead as we continue the task of renewing this city and setting it on a firm course for the decades ahead.

"We undertook a rigorous nationwide recruitment exercise and attracted a high calibre field of candidates, as you would expect for this demanding job in this economically buoyant city. It was Mrs Scott who stood out as the prime candidate to lead our workforce and deliver service excellence."

Mrs Scott said: "I am proud to accept the job of Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council and I am looking forward to working hard with elected members, colleagues and key partners to deliver on Aberdeen's priorities.

"Under the current Chief Executive, Valerie Watts, Aberdeen has gone from strength to strength and has maintained its position as one of the most economically successful cities in Europe. I wish to build upon her achievements and work with elected members, our citizens, our businesses and our partner organisations to help this city thrive and grow still further.

"The City Council plays a key role in the lives of all who live here, providing the vital services upon which we all depend. I will be working with the Administration to ensure those services are of the very highest quality and that we deliver transformational improvements to our infrastructure.

"Financial challenges lie ahead but this great city is ready to meet them. Aberdeen has leadership, ambition, world-class business acumen and stable public finances –and by working together we can grow and prosper for the benefit of all our citizens."

Mrs Scott was Head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales before joining the City Council last October, having risen through the ranks since joining CIPFA in 1999. She was also a Non-Executive Director with NHS Tayside from 2008 to 2013, holding the position of vice-chair of the board as well as chairing a number of board committees which contributed to improvement and quality in the delivery of NHS Services.

Mrs Scott, aged 42, who is married with two children, will take up her post on 01 July.