A cross party Joint Appointment Panel for Babergh and Mid Suffolk has selected Arthur Charvonia as their preferred candidate for the post of Joint Chief Executive.
Arthur Charvonia is currently employed as Strategic Director at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.
Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will be invited to endorse this recommendation at Full Council meetings on Monday 31 October 2016.
In a joint statement, Cllr Jennie Jenkins, Leader of Babergh District Council and Cllr Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council said, “All the candidates went through a rigorous two day recruitment process and the standard was very high. However, Arthur quickly emerged as the candidate with precisely the right combination of skills and expertise needed to ensure we continue to break new ground with the vision in our Joint Strategic Plan and the implementation of our ambitious and exciting Public Access Strategy. In addition to this, the cross party appointment group felt Arthur’s experience of joint working across two district councils, and the wider Suffolk Public Sector family, made him the ideal candidate to lead our two councils through the many challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Although Mr Charvonia will not officially take up his new role until the New Year he is expected to begin attending key meetings shortly after the appointment has been ratified.
“I am delighted to be selected to join Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils at this exciting time,” said Mr Charvonia.
“My recent experience at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney puts me in an ideal place to help lead the Councils through the challenges of building on their successful partnership, as well as the forthcoming move to a new headquarters.”
“I obviously bring with me an in-depth knowledge of working in local government within Suffolk and have a proven track-record of providing improved services to local people in a difficult financial climate.”
“I am committed to working with my new colleagues, to engage with and listen to local residents to identify their needs and ambitions. We need to deliver improved services to our communities in innovative and accessible ways.”
Mr Charvonia has worked in Local Government for the last 11 years and been a Strategic Director for eight years. He has spent the last six years as a joint Strategic Director of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.
A qualified barrister, Mr Charvonia originally worked in London practising family, housing, licensing, criminal and immigration law. Since then, he has worked at Norfolk Constabulary, as well as the London Borough of Waltham Forest, before joining Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils.
Born in North London, he was educated in Hertfordshire, before returning to London to attend King’s College before doing his Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and completing his barrister training, at Chambers.
Mr Charvonia moved to East Anglia in 2000. He is married with three children and a dog Charlie.