Kim Dero has been appointed as Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s permanent Chief Executive, pending formal ratification at a council meeting on 14 November, after seeing off a strong field of contenders for the post.
Kim became H&F's interim chief executive in April 2017 after working for H&F for over 20 years, latterly as Director of Delivery and Value.
The appointment has been hailed by the council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, as confirmation of the outstanding leadership Kim has provided over the last seven months.
“In H&F we believe in doing things differently to the way they’ve been done before and in radically rethinking our relationship with local people,” he said. “Kim understands and shares our world view and has proved her ability to make change happen.
“Being a great leader takes energy, drive and the imagination to see better ways of doing things. Kim has all that, as well as a great capacity to connect with people, whatever their background. We’re honoured she’s agreed to take on the role permanently.”
Kim is delighted to have been given the backing of councillors to continue her change programme and says: “I welcome this fantastic opportunity to lead the transformation of council services; we need to be even more responsive to residents' needs, more agile and more innovative when developing early help and preventative approaches.
“Our staff are our assets and I value their hard work and passion - I'm looking forward to working together with councillors, staff, residents and borough businesses to make H&F an even better place to live, work, invest in and visit."
Kim knows she has her work cut out. H&F is in the process of a radical programme of reinventing what local government means. Being in the heart of London means H&F has some of the country’s biggest and most exciting development projects and has just launched a ground-breaking Industrial Strategy.
It’s also the only council in the country to have cut or frozen council tax over the last three years, while also abolishing home care charges and putting more money into adult care services. To tackle air pollution, it has also recently launched the country’s first electric car club with free membership for residents and is installing 200 charging points.