New Chief Executive for Hertfordshire County Council

Published: 12 Oct 2018


Owen Mapley has been recommended to be the new Chief Executive for Hertfordshire County Council (HCC).

This recommendation by the council’s Employment Committee for the new Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service will now be put forward to the full Council at its meeting on 25 October for approval and follows an extensive recruitment and selection process to identify the best candidate to lead the staff of the council.

Owen joined Hertfordshire in early 2016 as Director of Resources, with responsibility for the Council’s overall financial management and all corporate services. He has also been the chief officer responsible for Hertfordshire's Libraries and Heritage Services.

Owen Mapley, who has lived in Hertfordshire since 2001 said: “Hertfordshire is a brilliant place to live and work. I am committed to working closely with councillors, residents, colleagues and partners to continue delivering great services to local people.”

David Williams, Leader of the Council said: “We are delighted to recommend Owen Mapley as the Chief Executive of Hertfordshire County Council.

“Since joining the council from the Home Office in 2016, he has made a significant contribution to the council’s senior leadership as the Director of Resources. Owen will succeed John Wood who has spent 27 years with the council - including the last 6 years as an outstanding Chief Executive.”

Stephen Giles-Medhurst, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group said: “Owen was the best candidate on the day for the job from a very strong field. Our Group looks forward to working with him as the new Chief Executive. We hope he will build on the stupendous work done by John Wood.”

Judi Billing, Leader of the Labour Group said “John will be a massively hard act to follow. However, I’m sure that Owen will have watched and learned over the past two years he has been at the county council. I am confident that he will make an excellent Chief Executive.”