Winter 2019


Meet our new Chief Executive

Owen Mapley

The HAFLS team welcomed the news that Owen Mapley was appointed by councillors as the new Chief Executive for Hertfordshire County Council at a meeting of full council back in October and has now been in his new role since the start of the New Year.

Owen is a keen supporter of the work HAFLS does and even presented some awards to learners at last year's 2018 Adult Achievement Awards. He later tweeted;

'This was a wonderful event - I had the honour of presenting awards to two brilliant ladies who overcame confidence and language challenges to develop their skills and secure new jobs. Very proud to help celebrate @HAFLS and their inspirational service users'

Owen was recommended for the Chief Executive role by the council’s Employment Committee following an extensive recruitment and selection process to identify the best candidate to lead the staff of the council. He joined the council as Director of Resources in early 2016, and has a wealth of financial and senior leadership experience from previous roles in the private sector and the civil service. After graduating from the University of Leicester with a degree in Business Economics, he worked for professional services firm PwC for 12 years before holding senior leadership roles with the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Legal Aid Agency. Prior to joining the council, he was Director of Finance & Estates at the Home Office. 

A Hertfordshire resident for the last 18 years, Owen said: “I am very proud to be appointed as the next Chief Executive for the County Council. Having close ties to Hertfordshire both personally and professionally, I look forward to working with councillors, staff, residents and partners to deliver the wide range of important services that we all rely on.”

David Williams, Leader of the Council said: “I am delighted that the recommendation of Employment Committee has been approved by Full Council and that Owen will be taking on his new role as Chief Executive of Hertfordshire County Council early in the New Year. He will inherit a very strong legacy from John Wood who will be retiring after 6 years as an outstanding Chief Executive”

Stephen Giles Medhurst, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: 

"We welcome Owen’s appointment as Chief Executive designate and we trust he will follow in John Wood’s footsteps and look forward to working with him ensuring the council is open and engaging with the public and all councilors."

Judi Billing, Leader of the Labour Group said:

“I am delighted that Owen’s appointment has been wholly endorsed by the full council. I look forward to working with him and John Wood in the handover period and with Owen as the new Chief Executive. 

“I know that he appreciates the importance of effective opposition in local government and understands the roles and responsibilities of all 78 County Councillors in ensuring that Hertfordshire serves its communities sensitively, fairly and effectively.”


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