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Council appoints Interim Chief Executive

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has appointed an Interim Chief Executive.

Mark Boden will take on the role from February 25th for an initial period of three months.

In a local government career spanning 38 years, Mark began work as a solicitor and has held senior positions including Chief Executive of Kennet District Council, Corporate Director of Wiltshire Council and, most recently, Chief Executive of Shetland Islands Council.

Council Chairman Robert Francis said: “It was an easy decision to appoint Mark. His experience running an authority on Shetland makes him a perfect fit for Scilly and his extensive local government experience and legal expertise will be a huge asset during this transition period.

“Mark has been fundamental in stabilising a difficult financial situation in Shetland and has much experience in transport and tourism. He is respected for guiding and empowering his staff, whilst clearly focusing on the needs of the community.”

Mark Boden said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to come and work for the Council of the Isles of Scilly. As with all councils it faces many challenges but it has potential opportunities and great strengths, not least its strong team of councillors and staff. Naturally I am also looking forward to the opportunity to work in and get to know the beautiful Isles of Scilly.”

The appointment will be reviewed on a monthly basis until a permanent CEO is found.

Previous Chief Executive Theo Leijser left the Authority on January 31st after five years.

Photo via The Shetland Times.


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