STEPHEN Walford has now officially joined Mid Devon District Council as Chief Executive following the retirement earlier this year of Kevin Finan.

Stephen joins Mid Devon District Council from Buckinghamshire County Council where he was Director of Growth and Strategy.

His professional background is in strategic planning, ecomonic development and regeneration, all areas that the council says are key to its future progression.

Previously Stephen worked at Somerset County Council in strategic planning and transport policy and still has family connections in Somerset.

Stephen said: “It’s great to finally be here at Mid Devon District Council and I look forward to working with members, officers, partners and the local community to drive Mid Devon forward to every higher heights.”

Alan Quick