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Islington Town Hall chief executive gets £20k pay rise

26 July, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Linzi Roberts-Egan and Lesley Seary

THE new chief executive of Islington Council will be paid £20,000 more than her predecessor.

Councillors were expected to appoint Linzi Roberts-Egan for the top position at a meeting yesterday (Thursday.)

But agenda papers for the meeting reveal that Ms Roberts-Egan, the former deputy chief executive at Waltham Forest Council, will be paid £180,000 per year – which is £20,000 more than what outgoing Lesley Seary earned. Ms Seary left after eight years in the role in April.

The pay of the chief executive – who ensures services are delivered in line with policy decided by councillors and the government – was dramatically cut to £160,000 from £210,000 in 2011 by the former Town Hall leader Catherine West.

The £210,000 salary had been set when the Lib Dems held a majority in the council.

Ms Roberts-Egan was one of 22 applicants who applied for the role and had to undergo personality profiling and take part in informal meetings with residents as well as senior council workers.

She has 28 years of experience in the public sector and was the director of children’s services and the statutory director of adult services at Waltham Forest.

A personnel sub-committee, which includes the Labour council leader Richard Watts, helped choose the new chief executive.

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