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New chief appointed to lead Powys on £150k wage

Created on 05/10/2023 @ 16:18

Powys County Council has announced the appointment of a new chief executive on a salary up to £150k.


Emma Palmer, who is current Director of Corporate Services, was appointed Chief Executive at a meeting of the full County Council.


She will start her new role shortly, succeeding Interim Chief Executive Jack Straw, who was appointed in April.


“I congratulate Emma on her well-deserved appointment and wish her well for the future,” he said.


Emma is an experienced senior local government officer and has worked in the public sector in Wales for more than 24-years. For the past six years Emma has held executive positions at Powys County Council including Director of Corporate Services and Head of Transformation and Communications. 


“I am absolutely delighted to have been offered and accepted the position of Chief Executive of Powys County Council. Having been born and grown up in Powys I feel very privileged to have been appointed to serve the county,” she said. 


A life-long resident of Powys, Emma lives with her family near Brecon.

The need for a new chief executive comes after Dr Caroline Turner left the authority at the end of July, due to ill health, having been absent from work since March due to Long Covid.

Dr Turner took the helm at Powys in February 2019, having been appointed to the role in November 2018. She came to the role from the Isle of Anglesey County Council where she had been an assistant chief executive.

Over the summer, former Swansea City Council chief executive Jack Straw has been in charge as “interim” chief executive.