LGA announces new chief

By Heather Jameson | 04 January 2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced Surrey CC boss Joanna Killian will be its new chief executive.

Killian has been chief executive at Surrey CC since March 2018. Prior to taking up the pose she held roles as chief executive of Essex CC, Partner at consultancy KPMG, and as local government lead at the Audit Commission.

Announcing the appointment, Cllr Shaun Davies said: ‘The experience, skills and insight Joanna brings to the LGA will be a huge asset for the organisation and our membership.

‘Her local government expertise, networks and knowledge developed in previous high-profile roles – both in councils and the private sector – will be invaluable in ensuring the LGA continues to be a strong and united voice for local government in the debates that matter.’

Killian said she was ‘very privileged’ to take on the role. She added: 'Councils are full of wonderful people, with bright ideas and huge energy, working hard to improve people’s lives. I look forward to working closely with local authorities of all types and political colours in my new role.

‘I am excited to get to work with the LGA’s political leadership, members, staff and wider stakeholders to ensure we continue to stand up for local government and the people and places we serve.’

In addition to her role at Surrey, Killian was appointed local government commissioner for Liverpool City Council in June 2021 and is chair of St Mungo’s homeless charity. She has served as chair of Solace and lead chief executive of the Association of County Chief Executives.

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