A senior public servant with a background in community development, race equality and leading outstanding council services is set to be appointed as Hackney Council’s new chief executive following a competitive recruitment process. 

Mark Carroll, currently Executive Director for Place and Public Health at Essex County Council, will take on the new role later this year, subject to approval at Full Council on 21 July. 

In his time in Essex, Mark has led the Council’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic and the county’s inclusive economic recovery, as well as co-designing strategies to tackle the climate emergency, build affordable housing and invest in sustainable travel with residents.

Mark, who lives in north London with his family, started his career as a probation officer and led a charity working with young people and their families to co-produce community responses to crime, drug and gang issues. 

Mark replaces former chief executive Tim Shields, who retired in May after 13 years in the role.

Before joining Essex, Mark held a variety of senior positions in central government over 12 years, including delivering the first-ever cross-government strategy on race equality after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and leading the Government’s work with the third sector.

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