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Thanet gets a new chief executive

Madeline Homer
Madeline Homer

Thanet district councillors are expected to formally appoint the authority’s new Chief Executive on Thursday. Members are being asked to back the existing acting chief executive Madeline Homer to take the position, which also includes the Head of paid Service role.


Ms Homer has been acting chief since last June, taking over from Dr Sue McGonigal who was on a ‘leave of absence.’ The post was advertised in February with a closing date last month.

A short-listing panel which consisted of Paul Cook (Interim Head of Corporate Resources, Thanet District Council), Steven Boyle (Head of Legal and Democratic Services, Thanet District Council), Julie Oliver-Smith (Head of East Kent Human Resources) and Ben Cox (Senior Consultant at Gatenby Sanderson) met on March 19.

Of the 12 applications received four were short-listed for interview. One applicant withdrew his application before interview, and three attended (two external candidates, and one internal candidate). The first interview panel consisted of Colin Carmichael (Chief Executive, Canterbury City Council), Technical Support, Julia Crawford (HR Manager, EK Human Resources), and Steven Boyle (Head of Legal and Democratic Services, Thanet District Council).

Three candidates were then put forward to member panel for assessment. The second stage panel consisted of Iris Johnston (Leader of the council), Robert Bayford (shadow leader of the council), Tom King (leader of the Independent group) and Julia Crawford (HR Manager, EK Human Resources).

The panel made a unanimous decision to put Madeline Homer forward for the role.

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