LGA names new Chief Executive

Joanna Killian has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).

She is set to take up the role in March, from her current position as Chief Executive of Surrey County Council.

Killian has been chief executive of Surrey County Council, serving 1.2 million residents since 2018. She was also chief executive of Essex County Council from 2006 to 2015.

Killian has been the local government improvement commissioner at Liverpool City Council since June 2021 and is chair of the Association of County Chief Executives and Chair of Trustees at St Mungo's.

Cllr Shaun Davies, chair of the LGA, said: “As we head into a General Election year, and with councils facing financial pressures like never before, the experience, skills and insight Joanna brings to the LGA will be a huge asset for the organisation and our membership.

“Her local government expertise, networks and knowledge developed in previous high-profile roles – both in councils and the private sector – will be invaluable in ensuring the LGA continues to be a strong and united voice for local government in the debates that matter. The LGA’s political group leaders and I are all delighted that Joanna will be joining us soon.”

Killian said: “Local government plays a vital role in communities up and down the UK, making a real difference every single day. It’s a sector I feel very privileged to work in, and I’m glad to be continuing that journey with the LGA.

“I know from my time at Surrey that councils are full of wonderful people, with bright ideas and huge energy, working hard to improve people’s lives. I look forward to working closely with local authorities of all types and political colours in my new role.

“I am excited to get to work with the LGA’s political leadership, members, staff and wider stakeholders to ensure we continue to stand up for local government and the people and places we serve.”

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