Wrexham Council have a new permanent Chief Executive after a long appointments process was finally concluded late yesterday evening.
With members of the media and public removed from the chamber councillors at the Full Council meeting received the report from the Appointments Committee recommending the appointment of Ian Bancroft. There is no detail on the vote that was held.
Mr Bancroft will join Wrexham Council in August.
Mr Bancroft is a resident of Wrexham, and Wrexham Council say the new post will be ‘a welcome professional return for Ian to his home turf’.
The incoming Chief Exec said: “I am really excited about the new opportunities I have here at Wrexham. It’s my local council, and while I know there will be challenges to come, I relish the prospect of working with everyone here for the benefit of everyone in Wrexham.
“As a committed public servant with more than 25 years’ experience, I know I’ve a lot to bring to the role and I’m ready to face the challenges the role might bring.
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “We’re obviously very pleased with Ian’s appointment, and look forward to working with him from later this year.
“I’d like to thank all those elected members who sat on the Appointments Panel for their help during the appointments process, along with interim Chief Executive Clare Field and our teams in HR and Legal.”
For the last fourteen years, Mr Bancroft has worked in leadership roles at public organisations in places such as Manchester, Merseyside and North East Wales.
Since 2014, he has been up the road at Flintshire County Council, as a Chief Officer leading on what Wrexham Council describe of ‘changes to a number of big, strategic programmes’.