Wednesday, 3 January 2007
Angie Ridgwell stepped into the hot seat at Thurrock Council on Tuesday (2 January) morning.
The new Chief Executive of the council - appointed in October - takes over the reins from interim chief, Andrew Hardingham, who welcomed her to the council.
Angie said: "I know it's a cliché, but I really am excited about coming to Thurrock.
"It's a council with a great future ahead of it and a lot of challenges too; being part of the Thames Gateway with new jobs, new communities and new homes being created.
"It is my intention to ensure that, along with all these changes, the area maintains its personality and its identity."
She added: "The ethos surrounding Thurrock Council's work is a true commitment to put residents first and I am proud to continue that tradition.
"Our focus will be on the delivery of continually improving, value for money services, creating a good environment for Thurrock residents to live and work in and securing economic prosperity for local people. Working with our Partners across Thurrock, I am confident we will achieve that."
Angie came to Thurrock from Coventry City Council where she was Director of Finance and ICT. She was part of the management team responsible for taking Coventry City Council from 'poor' to a three-star CPA rating, in just three years.
Her career has featured top-level financial management, but has also encompassed legal, HR and member services.
She has held high level posts throughout the past ten years and has eight years' experience as a statutory Chief Finance Officer.