Selection panel to appoint new SBC chief executive

After the announcement by Scottish Borders Council’s chief executive David Hume that he was retiring from his post due to a “change in personal circumstances”, a selection group has been set up to appoint a new chief executive.

Mr Hume is currently on sick leave and is not expected back to his £116,000-a-year post at the local authority before his leaving date of August 15.

In the interim period three of the council’s senior directors - Tracey Logan, director of resources, Glenn Rodger, director of education, and Andrew Lowe, director of social work - are sharing the chief executive role.

Last week councillors agreed the ten councillors who would make up the selection panel and Councillor Alec Nicol who is chairing the panel is hoping that the process could be completed by the end of October.

Mr Hume, 58, has been with Scottish Borders Council for nine years and when he announced earlier this month that he was leaving, council leader David Parker said: “Steering the council through the most turbulent times was a major achievement for which Mr Hume deserves the utmost credit.

“His contribution has continued to be felt as we have transformed the way we do business in recent years.

“The council is most grateful to David for his loyal and dedicated service over the last nine years. He has been instrumental in the council’s success, and has demonstrated enormous commitment to the council and the Scottish Borders.”

“He departs with the best wishes of all elected members and staff. He leaves a council in good heart, transformed under his leadership.”

Mr Hume studied geography at St Andrews University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1976. He gained an MSc in town planning from the University of Wales in 1980 and, in 1992, obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Edinburgh.

He was employed from 1980 to 1986 with Strathclyde Regional Council before joining Lothian Regional Council and on the reorganisation of local government in 1996, he became deputy director of strategic policy with Edinburgh City Council, being appointed director of strategic policy in 1998.