DBS alumnus announced as next Chief Executive of Durham County Council
(12 April 2005)
A Durham Business School part time MBA alumnus and former Civil Service 'fast tracker' Mark Lloyd, 37, is to be the new Chief Executive of the North East's largest local authority, Durham County Council. He will take up the post at the end of June when the current Chief Executive, Kingsley Smith, retires after 17 years in office.
A native of Shropshire, Mark Lloyd joined the County Council in July 2000 as Director of Economic Development and Planning, and Managing Director of the County Durham Development Company. He was made a Deputy Chief Executive in 2003 and as the chief officer with special responsibility for policy and strategy has been a leading figure in the management of the Council in recent years. Although the main focus of Mark's work has been economic regeneration and business support, he has also played a leading role in helping local communities to prosper, overseeing a wide-range of community development and regeneration activities. He led on the Council's approach to local government reorganisation and the regional assembly referendum and was instrumental in the Council's successful efforts to achieve its current "excellent" CPA rating. As well as contributing to a wide range of economic and business advisory groups at regional level, Mark also chairs the County Durham Youth Engagement Service, is a member of the board of the County Durham Foundation and is a member of the University of Durham's governing council, where he is also chair of Grey College. He lives in Sedgefield, and his interests include marathon running, skiing, travel and the theatre. Current Chief Executive Kingsley Smith said : " Mark Lloyd has proved himself an outstanding chief officer for the County Council and was an equally outstanding candidate as my successor. " He is absolutely committed to making County Durham the best place in which live, work, invest and raise a family, and his appointment will afford valuable continuity to the work of the County Council. " I look forward to working closely with Mark over the next few months before I retire, and I am sure that he will prove to be an outstanding chief executive." Mr Lloyd's appointment as Chief Executive is subject to confirmation by the full County Council.