The current chief executive of Argyll and Bute Council has, today, been announced as the new chief executive of COSLA ( the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities).
Sally Loudon was chosen by COSLA’s Staffing Committee which comprises the Presidential team and Political Group Leaders. The whole appointment process was overseen by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).
Commenting on her appointment, Sally said: “I am grateful for all the work, progress and successes we have delivered together in the seven years that I have been with Argyll and Bute Council.
“Argyll and Bute is an amazing area and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to building the prosperous future it deserves.”
In a message to council employees, she added: “This council benefits from hard working, skilled and dedicated employees and I know you will continue to achieve change where it is needed.
“There is a lot of work still to be done before I leave in May but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all we have been able to achieve together.”
Speaking directly of her new role, Ms Loudon said: “I am both delighted and extremely proud to have been appointed to one of the top jobs in Scotland.
“There is no doubt the next few years will be challenging for everyone in Scottish local government, and the time for us to speak with a single united voice has never been stronger.
“But I believe that both myself, the team and politicians at COSLA have the energy, enthusiasm and drive to deliver on those challenges and I cannot wait to get started.”
Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, added his congratulations, saying: “Sally has been a real asset to Argyll and Bute.
“She has guided us through times of challenge and change, and has played a very significant part in opening up new opportunities for our organisation and, of course, the communities we serve.
“While we are absolutely delighted at her success, it goes without saying that she will be very much missed. We wish her all the very best in this exciting new role and we have every confidence that she will approach this new challenge with the same drive, determination and vision that has benefited Argyll and Bute Council since she joined us in 2008.”
Councillor David O’Neill, COSLA President and Chair of the Staffing Committee, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that Sally Loudon has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of COSLA.
“The quality of candidates was exceptionally high but Sally brings a wealth of experience, passion and vision to the role and was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Rory Mair [outgoing chief executive] for his contribution to COSLA and wish him every happiness in the future.”