South Holland District Council and Breckland Council have appointed former transport planner Anna Graves as joint chief executive with responsibility for leading both authorities.
Graves, who was previously chief executive at Harborough District Council in Leicestershire, takes over from interim joint chief executive Geoff Rivers.
She holds a BSc in applied geography from the University of Huddersfield, as well as an MSc in transport planning from the University of Leeds, and started her career in the transport department at Norfolk County Council.
Following a three and a half year period as strategic director for regeneration and development at Norwich City Council, Graves set up her own consultancy in 2008 and went on to take on a series of strategic advisory positions with public sector bodies.
She acted as director of development at Harborough District Council at a time when the authority was forming its response to a proposal for an eco-town in the area, before going on to lead on the set up of the Luton Gateway urban regeneration company.
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