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DLGE to get new Chief 29 August 2006

The Civil Service Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Kinrade as the new Chief Executive of the Department of Local Government and the Environment. He will take up his post in November upon the retirement of Antony Hamilton.

Ken joined the Civil Service in October 1971 as a Trainee Weights and Measures Inspector. Since his appointment as Chief Inspector of Trading Standards in 1987 he has been instrumental in developing the comprehensive regulatory and advice services that can now be found in the Office of Fair Trading where he is currently Chief Officer. The Office has become a highly respected organisation, both locally and abroad, and is unique in offering a wider range of services than any of its similarly named counterparts around the British Isles and is the envy of many.

Ken said,

“I am very proud of what we have achieved at the Office of Fair Trading and it is a credit to the excellent team of people working there. I will be sorry to leave them but am excited by the challenges that lie ahead. Like the OFT, the Department of Local Government and the Environment has a significant regulatory responsibility covering planning, building control, environmental health, government laboratory and health and safety. I am confident my experience in having worked with some of these sections already in my current role and my work in developing multi-functional regulatory services will stand me in good stead in my new role. There are new challenges for me in the major service provision areas such as estates and housing and waste management with their significant capital expenditure and, of course, a greater involvement with Local Government than in my current post. I am very much looking forward to joining the highly professional team at DLGE and my appointment will hopefully complement them and enable them to continue to provide the high quality services that are vital to the economic, environmental and social well being of the Island.”

Minister for Local Government and the Environment, John Rimington MHK said,

“I believe the Civil Service Commission has made a good appointment and I am sure the knowledge and experience Ken brings to this post will be invaluable. He is well known and respected not only in Government circles but also in the business sector and the wider community for the work he has done at the OFT. I am sure he will carry on that good work at the Department.”

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