Council set to appoint new Chief Executive

Horsham District Council’s Employment Committee will be recommending the appointment of Jane Eaton, BA (Hons), MBA, CPFA, as its new Chief Executive at the meeting of the Council on Wednesday, 9 February 2022.

Jane has been the Council’s Director of Corporate Resources since 2016 and has substantial local government experience, having previously worked as Executive Head of Governance and Logistics for Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council from 2012.  Before that Jane was Chief Officer, Performance and Resources for Bracknell Forest Council from 2004.

Jane’s early career was spent as a Business Centre Site Director for Liberata Ltd. and in various senior roles in Finance, Audit, Procurement and IT for the London Borough of Sutton and Westminster City Council.

The recommendation to appoint Jane was made following an interview with the Employment Committee, as well as carrying out a series of interviews and tests and a presentation to an audience of councillors and senior staff.

Subject to confirmation by Council on 9 February, Jane will succeed Glen Chipp when he retires in April.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said:

We are delighted we could promote a strong internal candidate who is rooted in the District and has proven to be an exceptional leader.  Jane has a wealth of experience and will help us to continue building on all the great work which is already taking place in the District.

Jane said:

I am delighted to be appointed as Horsham District Council’s Chief Executive, continuing to work in a district that is my home. This is an exciting opportunity and I very much look forward to working with councillors, officers and partners to improve the lives of people in our local communities.