Scottish Borders Council’s new chief executive is the current director of resources Tracey Logan who takes up the position with immediate effect.
Tracey has been joint acting chief executive, along with the council’s director of social work Andrew Lowe and the director of education and lifelong learning Glenn Rodger, since David Hume retired in August following a period on sick leave after a “change in his personal circumstances.”
Speaking about her appointment Tracey said: “I am delighted to take up the role of chief executive.
“There is no doubt local authorities across the country are facing challenging times but having worked here for over five years, I already know we have dedicated and hardworking staff who will continue to take this council forward. The Borders is a great place to live and work and I am looking forward to working with employees, our communities and other partners in the coming months and years to provide excellent services for the people of the Borders.”
Tracey joined the council as head of human resources in July 2006 and was appointed director of resources in November 2008. Prior to joining SBC she was head of human resources for the joint venture company CSD which brought together services for Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council, delivered in partnership with BT. She has also worked in other local authorities and in the private sector with BAA.
As chief executive she will be responsible for the efficient and effective operation of SBC and its business and is the main point of contact between the members of the council and the officials. Tracey will also be responsible for guiding and advising the authority on policy and ensuring the council’s aims and objectives are met.
Leader of SBC, Councillor David Parker commented: “I am very pleased that we have appointed Tracey Logan as our new chief executive. As our existing director of resources, Tracey Logan has already undertaken a number of important transformational projects that have protected council services and saved the council resources. I have no doubt that she will rise to the challenge of chief executive and will provide the guidance that we need to take Scottish Borders Council forward into the future.”
Councillor Alec Nicol, chairman of the chief executive appointment panel added: “We were pleased to have 40 applications for the post and an extremely strong field of candidates to consider.
“The appointment panel was unanimous in supporting Tracey Logan’s appointment and I am confident that she has the right skills and abilities that are required for this very demanding role.”
Outgoing chief executive Mr Hume arrived at Scottish Borders Council nine years ago as the local authority was trying to get itself out of the mire of a £3.9 million overspend in the education department, and not long after, the Miss X case exposed the shortcomings of the council’s social work department.