The appointment of a new Chief Finance Officer for Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has today (26 February) been unanimously backed by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.
Martin Henry, a qualified accountant with more than two decades of experience in local government finance, is expected to take up post immediately following a confirmation hearing today in which panel members approved the PCC’s recommendation for his appointment.
Mr Henry lives in Northamptonshire and was formerly a director of resources with responsibility for two district councils. Key duties include the Commissioner’s statutory financial responsibilities and other services to support delivery of the police and crime plan.
The appointment follows a robust selection process which drew a strong field of candidates for the demanding role.
Mr Henry has extensive local government experience, holding positions at two county councils, three borough councils (including one London Borough) and two district councils. The past 12 years of his local government career were spent as Chief Finance Officer and he also set up his own business providing financial advice to the public sector.
Commenting on the panel’s decision, Willy Bach said: “The panel’s unanimous approval of this appointment reinforces my view that I have identified an outstanding individual to be my Chief Finance Officer.
“Martin brings a wealth of experience from partner agencies to the table which will be highly valuable as we continue to tackle challenging financial situations.
“Through a rigorous recruitment process, Martin proved himself to be an exceptional addition to the team and I’ve no doubt his qualifications and experience will be of enormous benefit to Leicestershire and its local communities.”
Mr Henry added: “This role will build on the skills I’ve acquired over the last two decades in public services. The role will have its own unique challenges but I believe my experience working in the partnership sector and transformational change will deliver benefits to local policing.”
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Posted on Monday 26th February 2018