Croydon Council has appointed its former finance director Richard Simpson as the new executive director of resources, it was announced today.
Richard’s appointment follows a six-month stint acting into the new role. He has previously been Croydon’s assistant chief executive for corporate resources, and is widely regarded as being instrumental in helping to guide the council safely through the economic downturn.
Richard, 42, has worked in local government for most of his career, and joined Croydon’s finance department in 2006, from Lambeth Council. Over the past 11 years he has worked his way through the ranks in a number of key roles delivering financial functions for the council, as well being the borough’s section 151 officer.
“I’d like to congratulate Richard – he’s a great guy, a strong leader and a trusted pair of hands. He has a proven track record of delivering for Croydon and our residents, who can have confidence that this council has a strong handle on its finances.
“This was a unanimous, cross-party decision by the appointments committee. Richard’s experience and background make him the best person to ensure Croydon’s continued future financial stability and success.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Richard said: “I’m really delighted to get the opportunity to take on this fantastic role, working in an organisation that I love. These are exciting times for Croydon, and I’m confident we have a great team in place to continue our record of strong financial management while also delivering excellent services for local taxpayers.”