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Former East Herts Council chief executive Liz Watt lands top role at South Cambridgeshire District Council

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Liz Watts (13408272)
Liz Watts (13408272)

East Herts Council's former boss has been appointed as the new chief executive of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Liz Watts, who left on May 31, is expected to start her new role after the summer with a salary of £129,930.

Her successor at East Herts, Richard Cassidy, was given a remuneration package of £120,000.

Under her guidance, the EHC leadership team was shortlisted by The Municipal Journal in the senior leadership team of the year category at the 2019 MJ Achievement Awards.

Previously, Ms Watts held several senior roles in local government, including chief finance officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council and director at St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils (now West Suffolk Council).

She also worked with asylum seekers in London and as part of the post-war peace process in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she was based in Sarajevo for eight years.

She has three children, aged 18, 16 and 14, and the family live in Suffolk.

In December 2018, when her departure from East Herts was announced, she said that she was leaving to achieve a better work-life balance.

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