A LEADING Kirklees official has landed the top job with neighbouring Calderdale Council.
Merran McRae has been named as Calderdale Council’s new chief executive, following a meeting of the council’s employment committee.
Her appointment to the post will be subject to agreement of the full council tonight.
The previous chief executive Owen Williams, was paid £147,000 with a £22,000 pension payment on top of that.
Mrs McRae has been director of wellbeing and communities at Kirklees Council for the past four years.
She has been responsible for the biggest spending directorate in the council, which includes communities and leisure and adult social care services.
Other experience at Kirklees includes being the director for housing, which involved working closely with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.
More recently she had been instrumental in taking forward the shadow health and wellbeing board and has developed close working relations with public health colleagues ready for their move into Kirklees Council later this year.
Her involvement in supporting communities includes developing a new sports facility as well as working closely with the voluntary community sector during difficult times of change.
Her other current roles include being the joint chairman of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and branch secretary/vice-chairman of Yorkshire and Humberside Association Directors of Adult Social Care.
Before joining Kirklees Council, Mrs McRae worked as the chief executive for Aire Valley Homes, for six years. Her other experience includes holding the position of area director for Hull City Council.
She lives in Leeds with her partner Peter and 13-year-old son Luke.
Mrs McRae said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as Calderdale Council’s new chief executive.
“Calderdale has an excellent reputation, both on a regional and national level.”
Calderdale Council’s leader, Clr Tim Swift, says the appointment was made from an exceptionally strong field of candidates.
“I am delighted that Merran is joining us and I know that she will bring with her a unique blend of experience and enthusiasm which will help the council move forward in the future.”
It is expected that she will take up her new appointment with Calderdale in the autumn.
Mr Williams was appointed as the new chief executive officer at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and took up the post in May.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The vacancy will be discussed at the next council management board meeting.”