The Isle of Wight Council’s new chief executive said he was “truly honored” to be offered the position this week.
The Trustees voted in favor of the bipartisan Appointments and Hiring Committee’s recommendation to appoint Wendy Perera at the full Council meeting.
worked for the council for much of her career
Taking on New Positions, Including Head of Paid Services Wendy has worked on the council for most of her career, including key positions in the planning department.
She is a former assistant chief executive officer and director of corporate strategy, and has served as interim chief executive officer since April of this year after John Metcalfe stepped down from his authority to join the Cumbria County Council.
Perera: I am happy to call this island my home.
“I am truly honored to have been given this position.
“I have been on the Isle of Wight Council for many years and am very proud and happy to call the Isle of Wight my home.
“There are challenges to face in the coming months, and I am committed to helping the Council, Council staff, and the island meet those challenges.”
Wendy’s appointment followed a rigorous recruitment process in which the council received 21 applications.
A shortlist of 7 high-quality candidates
A shortlist of seven high-quality candidates was put through a rigorous two-day process that included presentations to 30 local stakeholder representatives from the volunteer and community sectors, statutory partners and senior council staff. An interview process took place.
The nominating and hiring committee, which led the formal interviews, was tasked with recommending candidates for a council meeting on Wednesday.
Peacey Wilcox: I trust Wendy to give us the direction we need.
Council leader Lora Peacey Wilcox said:
“Congratulations to Wendy on her new role as CEO.
“Wendy has a wealth of skills, experience and deep knowledge of local government.
“We are relying on Wendy to provide the direction needed to move the Council and its honorable staff forward during this extremely difficult time.”
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