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Watford Borough Council announces new Managing Director

Watford Borough Council has announced Donna Nolan, currently Deputy Chief Executive of Mendip District Council, as its new Managing Director. This follows Manny Lewis’, decision to retire from the post next spring, after ten years leading the organisation.

Speaking about the appointment, Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Donna will be joining us at a very exciting time for the council and the town. She’ll have big shoes to fill but I am confident that she will quickly get to grips with our ambitious plans, including putting Watford at the forefront of sustainable transport solutions, delivering high quality, affordable new homes and outstanding new leisure and sports facilities in Oxhey Park and at Woodside”.

“Donna brings a wealth of experience from her career at Mendip and other roles in both the public and private sector. Everyone at Watford is very much looking forward to welcoming her next February and to working with her on building on our reputation as one of the most forward-thinking, high performing district councils in the country.”

Donna said: “I’m thrilled to be recommended as Watford Borough Council’s new Managing Director. It is an honour to have been offered the opportunity to work with Peter, the elected members and the excellent staff to deliver what will be an ambitious and exciting agenda for the future. Watford is a bold and forward-thinking authority and I am really excited by the opportunity to develop the Borough’s reputation further and make sure that we deliver the best possible services for its communities. I can’t wait to start my new role in Watford.”

Donna’s appointment was formally ratified at the Council meeting on 15 October 2019.