Cornwall County Council appoints new Chief Executive
Sheila Healy, the Acting Regional Director for the Government
Office for the West Midlands, has been appointed as the new
Chief Executive of Cornwall County Council, the first time
a woman has held the post in the Council's 117 year history.
Her appointment was unanimously confirmed at a meeting of
the full County Council today. Welcoming the appointment David
Whalley, the Leader of Cornwall County Council, said: "I
am very pleased Sheila Healy has accepted the post of Chief
Executive. Her enthusiasm and experience will be a great asset
to the Council. The next few years will present many challenges
for Cornwall and the Council. I am confident that Sheila will
help us to meet those challenges."
Sheila has worked in a senior position in a number of local
authorities in the Midlands area, including Walsall Metropolitan
Borough Council, where she was Chief Executive of City Challenge,
a major regeneration initiative, and Walsall's Director of
In 1997 she became Corporate Director for Environment and
Economy at the new unitary Council of Telford and Wrekin.
Subsequently she was asked to head up their new Community
Governance Directorship dealing with the modernisation and
improvement agenda. She then joined IDeA (Improvement and
Development Agency) in 2003 as their new Regional Associate
for the West Midlands. In 2004 she was appointed as the Regional
Director of Local Government Policy and Practice at the Government
Office for the West Midlands, before being invited to take
up the post as Acting Regional Director.
Sheila has a BA and an MA in Economics and Social Studies
from Trinity College, Dublin. She has also undertaken a range
of voluntary work, including Chair of Governors of a large
primary school, Director and Vice Chair of the Ikon Art Gallery,
and Chair of Audiences Central; a West Midlands wide body
which encourages participation in the arts. She is also a
member of the Theatrical Management Awards and an adviser
to CIPFA on their Public Servant of the Year Awards.
Sheila said: "I am delighted to be offered the post
of Chief Executive of Cornwall County Council. I very much
look forward to working with elected members, staff and the
partners and the communities of Cornwall - to build on its
success and help it meet the challenges of the future."
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