Tracy Hendren, CEO of East Devon District Council
Tracy Hendren, CEO of East Devon District Council

Tracy Hendren’s appointment as East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) new Chief Executive was confirmed by councillors at an extraordinary full council meeting on Wednesday, 8 May.

Following an extensive recruitment process, Tracy emerged as the preferred candidate to lead the council into a new era. With more than two decades of experience in local and national government, and a proven track record of effective leadership. Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role, previously she was the Director of Housing, Health and Environment at EDDC and one of the three interim CEOs. Before this, Tracy was the Assistant Director of Housing, Environmental Health, and Trading Standards at The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. Her career has spanned across central Government, and District and Unitary Authorities within City and London Borough areas.

Commenting on her appointment, Councillor Paul Arnott, Leader of EDDC and the Democratic Alliance group, said:
“Tracy will be an outstanding chief executive with extensive experience in local and national government and in the private sector. East Devon faces massive legacy challenges from previous administrations around housing and other matters, and a fresh perspective after decades of business as normal is now vital. We could not be more fortunate in appointing someone who already knows the organisation from the inside and who is a superb professional with a work ethic to match.”

Councillor Colin Brown, Leader of the opposition Conservative group, added: 
“The Conservative Group is hopeful that the new CEO will bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to address the challenges that exist. It is crucial for the new CEO to work closely with all council members, employees, and the community to understand the unique needs and priorities of EDDC. Open communication Is the key to ensuring that the council is able to meet the demands of its residents.”

Councillor Tony McCollum, Leader of the Independent group said: 
“On behalf of myself and the Independent Group we congratulate Tracy on her new appointment as CEO and look forward to working together for the benefit of East Devon District Council and our constitutes.”

Tracy's appointment comes at a pivotal moment for East Devon, after the recent adoption of its council plan and a peer review undertaken by the Local Government Association earlier in the year as the council continues to navigate the challenges and opportunities facing the region and local government. Her leadership will be instrumental in guiding the council forward as it strives to build a brighter future for East Devon and its residents.