Stevenage and East Herts appoint new Assistant Director

11 Apr 2017

Stevenage and East Herts councils have appointed Clare Watson as Assistant Director for Corporate Projects, Customer Services and Technology.

Clare will develop opportunities for sharing technology as part of Stevenage and East Herts councils’ shared service aimed at improving online access to all key services.

Clare, who will be part of Stevenage Borough Council’s new Strategic Leadership Team structure with responsibility for services including IT, customer services and facilities management, will also lead on the development of a new, multi-million pound public sector hub for Stevenage.

Stevenage Borough Council recently carried out a review of its senior management team and appointed Assistant Directors to help deliver the council’s priorities outlined in the ‘Future Town, Future Council’ programme. The priorities include regenerating Stevenage town centre, enabling significant housing growth, and increasing customer satisfaction in key services.

Clare has more than 25 years’ experience in local government and joins from Broxbourne Borough Council where she was Head of Economic Development and Projects. She provided business support to more than 4,000 companies in the area, promoted inward investment ambitions in Broxbourne, and delivered a number of major projects, including the £4.6m Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre which provides a new, modern workspace for start-ups and companies in growth.

Scott Crudgington, Chief Executive of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Clare joins us at an exciting time as we transform the way we work to better use technology to improve the experience for our customers and residents. Clare’s wealth of experience and enthusiasm will be vital in helping us deliver these key priorities. I look forward to working with Clare and wish her every success at Stevenage and East Herts.”

Liz Watts, Chief Executive of East Herts Council said: “We’re thrilled to have Clare join us at such a crucial time for both East Herts and Stevenage as we take forward our ambitious plans to improve services for our customers. Clare brings with her a host of experience that will help to guide and shape these plans, and allow us to use technology in a smarter and more efficient way. We welcome Clare to the East Herts team and very much look forward to working with her as part of the shared service.”