A new interim chief executive has taken up her post at Lancashire County Council.
Angie Ridgwell, who will also operate as director of resources, has joined the authority from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), where she was director general for finance and corporate services.
A qualified accountant by profession, Ridgwell has worked in a wide range of public sector bodies and organisations, principally as chief executive or director of finance. These posts include Bristol City Council, Thurrock Council, Coventry City Council and Bridgnorth District Council.
She has also worked in consultancy and as an associate with KPMG.
“Lancashire has so much potential,” said Ridgwell. “It has a really strong cultural heritage and was the home of the industrial revolution.
“There are lots of innovations happening right now in the county and I am really enthusiastic about supporting these, in particular ensuring we are providing the best services possible to those most in need and encouraging business development.
“The council, like local authorities across the country, is facing some significant challenges. But I am confident that county council members and staff, with their expertise, passion and commitment, will rise to this challenge, ensuring that we as a council are delivering the best possible service to the people of Lancashire at the best possible cost.”
County councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of the council, added: “Angie is joining us at a crucial time for the county council when we face unprecedented service and financial challenges.
“I am confident that Angie’s skills as a visionary leader and her experience of managing the finances of major organisations will see us through these difficult times. I look forward to working with her.”
Via Insider Media.