In June 2015, Heather Barnes from Devon County Council became the new ADEPT President, taking over from David Bishop.
Heather is Strategic Director of Place at Devon County Council. She says: "Local authorities have been experiencing an ongoing period of profound change, whilst having to transform our services. ADEPT members have responded by delivering differently, creating more resilient communities, economies and infrastructure. We are at the very heart of change and as President, I am looking forward to working with partners in LEPs, national and local government to set and deliver strategic priorities."
Heather began her local government career in 1989 at Newcastle City Council before being appointed in 1995 by the Secretary of State for Scotland to oversee the Scottish welfare and justice system for children. Returning to HR in Devon County Council in 2001 she later became Director of Personnel and Performance in 2004, before Deputy Chief Executive in 2009 and Strategic Director of Place in 2011.
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