Mark Stone Appointed as Acting Chief Executive for SODC

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have appointed Mark Stone as their Acting Chief Executive following the resignation of David Hill last week.

David Hill was only in the position for just over 13 months. His resignation comes after a recent leave of absence due to an illness in his family and his reason given for leaving was that he wanted to pursue other opportunities.

Mark is currently the councils’ Interim Chief Operating Officer and has over 20 years of local government experience, which has included positions at Devon, Wiltshire and Enfield councils, in addition to working in the civil service. Mark lives in Didcot with his wife and family.

Cllr John Cotton, leader of South Oxfordshire, said:  “It’s a very exciting time for our councils with so many ambitious projects on the go such as Didcot Garden Town so it was important to us to appoint someone that could keep the momentum going.  As the council’s chief operating officer Mark has already made significant contributions to these councils so I’m confident he’s the right person to lead our two authorities.”

Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of the Vale, said: “In the short time Mark has been with our councils he’s proved to be a real asset to South and Vale in bringing fresh insight and a wealth of knowledge and experience so I’m delighted with his appointment into the role of Acting Chief Executive.  Mark’s excellent track record and passion for delivering quality services make him extremely well placed for the role.”

Mark Stone said: “I feel incredibly privileged to be asked to lead these two forward looking councils and their fantastic team of staff.

“I am very much looking forward to working with councillors, staff and partners to take forward the many great opportunities for the councils and on building on their excellent reputations and track records of delivering quality services for residents.”

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