Search is underway for new council chief executive

Colin Mackenzie
Colin Mackenzie

The search has begun to appoint a new Chief Executive for Aberdeenshire Council.

Adverts have appeared in the national press and a microsite has been launched to inform potential applicants about the vacancy.

The successful candidate will be required to lead the organisation through a period of significant change, as it looks to redesign services to tackle the challenges brought by a growing and ageing population.

The council is driving forward a huge capital programme, spending in the region of £3m a week, investing in everything from new schools and care homes to leisure facilities.

The long-awaited Aberdeen bypass is due to be completed by 2018 and the council is gearing up to ensure it capitalises on the opportunities it will open up for Aberdeenshire. All of which makes it an exciting time to be taking on the role being vacated by current chief executive Colin Mackenzie, who is retiring after six years at the helm.

Council leader, Cllr John Gifford, said: ““We’re looking for someone with excellent leadership qualities and knowledge of the public sector – although we aren’t ruling out candidates from the private sector.

The post is being advertised in the national media and a microsite has been launched.

The post closes to applications on October 26.

An appointment is expected to be made to be made towards the end of November.