Heather Jameson 05 October 2012

Walkley takes on Haringey top job

Barnet LBC chief executive Nick Walkley has been hired to take on the top post at neighbouring Haringey LBC.

Mr Walkley takes on the post at the troubled authority following the sudden departure of predecessor Kevin Crompton in July. Prior to his role in Barnet, he gained extensive experience at the Department for Communities and Local Government and at the Improvement and Development Agency.

Council leader Claire Kober said: 'I'm delighted that Nick will be joining Haringey at what is an important time. We are ambitious about the future of our borough and I'm confident that Nick will play a pivotal role in ensuring Haringey become one of the best places to live and work in London.'

Nick said: 'I am hugely excited by the opportunity to take up this role with Haringey Council and I am committed to working with all councillors to address the many challenges facing local government.'

The appointment is subject to ratification by full council, which will meet on Tuesday, October 16. The remuneration package is yet to be announced, but his salary is expected to be similar to Mr Crompton's, which was in excess of £175,000.

Earlier this week it emerged that auditors in Haringey only signed off the council accounts at the eleventh hour, following the discovery of multi-million pound errors on the books.

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