Jim Savege has been named as the new chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council following a national recruitment process.
The decision was confirmed on Wednesday by the authority’s councillor-led appointments committee.
Jim is currently corporate director for environment and community services at Cumbria County Council. He is responsible for all front-line services working with staff and politicians to support communities and businesses across one of the largest and most sparsely-populated counties in England.
His career in local government spans over a decade and his previous roles include deputy corporate director for Human Resources at Staffordshire County Council, before moving to Cumbria to take up the role of corporate director of human resources, and later the role of corporate director for environment.
Jim also has significant private sector experience, joining local government from many years as a director and senior management consultant in organisational development.
He has an extensive track record of change management and service modernisation, building effective and empowered teams to deliver quality services and brings with him a wealth of experience working with industry and building strong and effective partnerships, to maximise the economic stimulus and growth in an area.
Committee chair and council leader Cllr Jim Gifford said: “I would like to be the first to offer my congratulations to Jim and look forward to welcoming him to this forward-thinking and ambitious authority.”
Mr Savege said: “I bring absolute passion and commitment in the delivery of services for the communities of Aberdeenshire.
“Having served the communities of Cumbria for many years, I believe I bring empathy and awareness of the challenges facing Aberdeenshire. This sits alongside my direct experience of delivering significant savings and efficiencies within a challenging financial environment.
“My early priorities will be on making sure our budget plans are in good order and our services to protect those most vulnerable in society are robust.
“ I am looking forward to establishing good working relationships with councillors and meeting key partners and am keen to get out and about to meet staff of the organisation.”