Statement on Hounslow Council Chief Executive

The GLA (Greater London Authority) has announced today that Mary Harpley, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council, has been appointed as their Chief Officer, accountable to the Mayor of London and the Lon

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2018

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Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:

“The GLA (Greater London Authority) has announced today that Mary Harpley, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council, has been appointed as their Chief Officer, accountable to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. I congratulate Mary on her appointment to this exciting role.

Mary has been our Chief Executive for over seven years and has made a tremendous contribution to this Council and the borough, supporting the leadership of two administrations and working well with opposition members too. In particular, Mary has worked with Cllr Jagdish Sharma and myself, and our respective Cabinets, to deliver two ambitious Corporate Plans which between them have secured significant improvements, including: huge improvements in the quality of our adults’ and children’s services; excellent collaborative work with schools to secure new school places, and good and outstanding judgements in our primary schools; our delivery of Council/social housing; on-the-ground delivery of our regeneration ambitions in Hounslow and Brentford town centres; our very close working with colleagues in health, particularly our GP colleagues in Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group and our colleagues at West Middlesex Hospital; our reshaping of the Council in light of cuts to our grants from central Government; and our preparation for our move early next year to Hounslow House and the positive changes that will bring. Mary has also been instrumental in the creation of our trading companies and the service improvements which have already come from these.

I am very sorry Mary will be leaving us, but wish her well in her new role. Mary will be taking up her new role in September.

I will be working with other members of the council to recruit Mary's successor as soon as possible.”

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