Fenland’s finance chief takes a step up as appointment confirmed as £130,000 chief executive at Welwyn Hatfield Council

Rob Bridge

Rob Bridge - Credit: Archant

A senior director of Fenland District Council has been confirmed as the new £130,000 chief executive of Welwyn Hatfield Council.

Rob Bridge, corporate director and chief finance officer at Fenland Hall for the past eight years, will take up his new position in the spring.

Welwyn’s current chief executive Michel Saminaden announced he was stepping down last year and the council began its search for a replacement.

They advertised the position as requiring a “strong, forward thinking leader” with a “track record of outstanding achievement”, and who ideally hold a formal management qualification.

Mr Bridge has a diploma in management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.


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The Fenland director joined from South Cambs Council where he had briefly been a corporate finance manager and before that worked briefly for Peterborough City Council as a financial controller.

He had previously worked for HM Prison Service as head of finance and procurement.

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One thing Mr Bridge will not have to face in Welwyn will be deciding the fate of brown bin collections – a path Fenland coincidentally has trod along with his new employers.

Welywn council agreed earlier this month to start charging for brown bin collections.

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