News regarding recruitment process for Suffolk County Council’s Chief Executive


A full day of interviews and assessments took place on Monday 11 September 2017 in the search for a new Chief Executive for Suffolk County Council.

The council are looking for a candidate to succeed Deborah Cadman who has moved to work for the West Midlands Combined Authority.  

The field of candidates for the Suffolk role was very strong and each person was put through a range of assessments, presentations and interviews as part of the process.

As a result of this very thorough assessment, it was decided that there was no clear candidate that met the exceptionally high standards expected for the role at this time. Therefore no appointment has been made at this time.

Leader of Suffolk County Council, Councillor Colin Noble, said:

“We’ve conducted a thorough search for a new Chief Executive, but on this occasion we’ve not found the candidate we’re looking for. We therefore did not make an appointment.

“Whilst this is disappointing, we need to make the right decision for Suffolk. We face some extremely challenging times ahead, and must have the strongest possible Chief Executive to help us deliver change at the scale and pace we need, but also in a way that is appropriate for our county.

“If that takes a little more time and searching, then we believe that's the right thing to do.”

Corporate Director Sue Cook is currently acting as interim Chief Executive and will continue to do this whilst decisions are made about the next steps in the recruitment process. Sue will continue to be well supported by other members of the corporate management team.