Renfrewshire Council’s Director of Finance and Resources, Alan Russell, has been appointed as the council’s new Chief Executive and will take up post at the end of November.

A national recruitment process began after current Chief Executive Sandra Black announced her retirement in August this year after almost 40 years public service.

Alan Russell, aged 50, is currently responsible for the council’s Finance and Resources Department which includes corporate finance and operational services, HR and Organisational Development, Legal and Democratic Services, Transformation, Digital and Customer Services and Internal Audit.

He was also recently elected to the role of Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Local Government Directors of Finance (Scotland). The group develops policy and publications for CIPFA members in Scotland and works closely with the local government organisation CoSLA, providing financial advice and support as required.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Alan brings a wealth of experience to the post and is perfectly placed to take up the role delivering our ambitions for Renfrewshire, supporting those in need and attracting people to the area to live, work and learn. I look forward to working with Alan as we progress our ambitious plans for the area.”

Alan Russell said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive and continue the great work our teams deliver every day to build strong and safe communities and improve opportunities for everyone who lives and works here. The past months have undoubtedly been one of the greatest challenges all of us have faced and it is clear there is much to be done to support people as we start to recover from the pandemic.

“The recent COP26 event in Glasgow has also shone a spotlight on the issues we face to work together to tackle climate change. Like the pandemic, this is likely to impact more on the most vulnerable in our society and this will undoubtedly be a key focus for us now and in the years ahead.”