Suffolk council chief executive named as one of local government's most influential figures

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 December 2015

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman.


Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman has been rated one of the top 20 most influential figures in local government across the country.

Ms Cadman, who took over the helm at Endeavour House four years ago in December 2011, was named at number 17 in the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in Britain’s councils.

The Chronicle – regarded as the house journal for the local government officers – says she has managed to re-invent the county, and worked with boroughs and districts to make Suffolk’s councils more efficient.

Ms Cadman has also won appreciation locally for turning the county around and re-inventing the authority while avoiding the stresses that existed in the organisation in previous years.

She provided advice and support over the re-organisation of the districts and boroughs. While she 
was chief executive at St Edmundsbury she also took the 
helm, temporarily, of Waveney council – paving the way to that council’s eventual decision to establish a very close working relationship and shared senior officer team with Suffolk Coastal Council.

Ms Cadman has a significant role in the bid by Suffolk and Norfolk councils for extra powers to be devolved to the region by central government.

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