New London Borough of Bexley Chief Executive - Paul Thorogood

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Paul Thorogood has this week been appointed to the role of Chief Executive for the London Borough of Bexley. 

The appointment follows a full recruitment process. 

Paul has been interim Chief Executive since autumn 2023 having previously been Director of Finance and Corporate Services in Bexley from 2018.

Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the world of finance and local government to the role. His career includes the role of Director of Finance at oneSource from 2016 to 2018 when he first started working in Bexley, Assistant Director for Financial Services in Capita’s Local Government Services from 2014 to 2016 and a long career history at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets before this.

One of Paul’s first jobs will be to oversee the count at the 4 July General Election, where he will function as the Council's Acting Returning Officer.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Baroness O’Neill of Bexley OBE said:

I’m delighted to welcome Paul into the role of Chief Executive on a permanent basis.

I’d like to thank him for doing such a brilliant job during the interim period. I'm sure his knowledge, energy, enthusiasm and drive will take Bexley forward onto the next part of its journey.”

Paul said:

I’ve had the pleasure of being the Interim Chief Executive for Bexley and am thrilled to be appointed to continue in the role on a permanent basis. I am focussed on ensuring the Council provides the best services within our available resources for our residents and businesses whilst at the same time working with our Partners to ensure we are securing the long term vision for the Borough and future generations.”

The appointment is subject to full Council approval on 17 July.