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New Chief Executive announced

An image of the new Chief Executive Lorraine Gore stood outside the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk's offices

Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Lorraine Gore, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Ms Gore is set to take up her new role on 1 September 2019, following the retirement of the current Chief Executive Ray Harding on 31 August.

Lorraine, a former student of the old King's Lynn High School, was born and brought up in King's Lynn. She has clocked up 42 years' service in the public sector, the majority of her career has entailed working for Norfolk organisations.

She came to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in 2001 as accounting technician, and was promoted to Chief Accountant in 2006, and Chief Financial Officer in 2013. She is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance at the council and has a wealth of experience about the area.

Her appointment was confirmed on Friday, following a unanimous decision by the council's cross-party appointments board on Thursday 25 July 2019. 

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Council, said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to appoint someone who has come up through the ranks and has such a broad knowledge of the council and the area. Ray Harding will be a hard act to follow, but Lorraine, with her financial background, is going to be well placed to steer us through continuing budgetary challenges and I am looking forward to working with her."

Ray Harding, Chief Executive, said: "Lorraine has proved herself as Deputy Chief Executive and I am absolutely confident that she will take the organisation forward. She is a very talented senior officer and has demonstrated that she cares passionately about both the borough and the council.”

Speaking after her appointment was confirmed, Lorraine said: "I am excited and honoured to be appointed as the new Chief Executive to take over when Ray Harding retires at the end of August. I am looking forward to continuing to work alongside our dedicated and skilled staff and elected members in the delivery of good quality, sustainable services for the benefit of all residents and businesses of, and visitors to, west Norfolk."

Lorraine is a resident of the borough. She has two grown up children, is a keen golfer and a Norwich City Football Club season ticket holder.

This appointment is phase one of a restructure of the council's senior management team. Staff affected are being consulted on the proposals.

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