23 October 2015

Geoff Raw confirmed as council chief executive

Geoff Raw was confirmed as chief executive of Brighton & Hove City Council at the Full Council meeting on 22 October.

Geoff was recommended for the appointment of chief executive with the unanimous endorsement of the cross party recruitment panel.

Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council said: "I'm delighted that Geoff Raw has been appointed as chief executive, and will be leading the council into a period of enormous challenges, changes and opportunities.

“Geoff has been with the council for over five years across three different political leaderships, so he commands respect and goodwill across the chamber. He not only knows the city and the council inside out, but is someone with the experience, ideas and skills to tackle the extremely tough times we now must face together. One example of the kind of innovation he brings is the housing scheme I announced this week, which he has been instrumental in bringing together."

Geoff Raw, chief executive of Brighton & Hove City Council said: “It’s a real honour and privilege to take on this role, I promise to give it my all over the coming years. I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead for us all but I remain excited and ambitious about the enormous potential of the city and the important role of the council in offering civic leadership.”

Geoff joined Brighton & Hove City Council in November 2010 and has been acting chief executive since May 2015. He was previously executive director of Environment, Development and Housing for the local authority. Geoff’s experience includes working for the Mayor for London as director of Design, Strategy & Planning at the London Development Agency. He has also worked for the Housing Corporation as assistant director of Investment, and National Housing Investment Programme Manager at HM Treasury.

As director of Environmental Policy and Performance at London Borough of Brent, Geoff commissioned environmental services and prior to that was project co-ordinator for the regeneration of Wembley. He is a professional town planner with experience at county and unitary level.

Geoff is married with one daughter and his interests include martial arts, Shiatsu massage, cooking and gardening.

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