Isle of Wight Council

17 Feb 2022

Interim chief executive to be appointed

The Isle of Wight Council is set to appoint an interim head of paid service and chief executive at a meeting of Full Council next week.

Wendy Perera is being recommended to councillors to take up the role to ensure a smooth handover from current chief executive, John Metcalfe, who is due to leave at the end of March after nearly 25 years with the authority.

Wendy has worked for the council for much of her career, including key roles in the planning department. She is currently assistant chief executive and director of corporate strategy.

Council leader, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, said: "It's great to be able to recommend Wendy for appointment. She has a proven track record in local government and brings a wealth of expertise and experience.

"Wendy has been in her current role since 2018 and has worked closely with John in managing the council over this time.

"She has also been sponsored by the council in developing her leadership and management skills over a number of years in readiness for her taking on the most senior role in the council.

"She is well known with staff and stakeholders and will offer some much-needed continuity and stability for them as the council transitions into its future leadership arrangements.

"I am confident she will provide strong leadership and support to the council going forward."

John Metcalfe announced last week that he was leaving the authority after six years as chief executive to take up the top job at Cumbria County Council.

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John Metcalfe announced last week that he was leaving the authority after six years as chief executive
John Metcalfe announced last week that he was leaving the authority after six years as chief executive
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  • Wendy Perera is being recommended to councillors to take up the role to ensure a smooth handover from current chief executive, John Metcalfe.
  • Wendy has worked for the council for much of her career, including key roles in the planning department. She is currently assistant chief executive and director of corporate strategy.
 
Isle of Wight, UK