County Leader appointed to London Borough

Somerset CC managing director Pat Flaherty has been appointed to replace Sean Harris as managing director of Harrow LBC.

Mr Harris, who previously held the top job at Lambeth LBC and Bolton MBC, will leave Harrow next month after three and a half years as chief executive.

Mr Flaherty will join the North London borough in the autumn after a decade at the helm of Somerset. In the interim, Paul Hewitt, the council’s chief people officer, is to take over as interim chief executive.

The Tories took control of the council from Labor in an election earlier this month.

Chef Paul Osborn (Con) said: “This is the start of an exciting new chapter in Harrow’s history. As an administration, we are keen to start working hard for the people of Harrow and to do so in partnership with our borough’s new Chief Executive.

“Pat impressed me throughout the selection period with his commitment to public service and his vast experience in local authority leadership.

“Thank you to Sean for his service as Managing Director over the past three and a half years – we wish him all the best in his future career.”

Mr Flaherty said: “It is clearly a very exciting time to join us and I look forward to working with our advisors and staff, our partners and the wonderful Harrow community to make a real difference. Sean will be hard to follow, but I can’t wait to get started.

Somerset CC and its four districts will be abolished and replaced by a new unitary council from next April.

Mr. Flaherty’s appointment was approved by councilors last week.