07 December 2017
Dawn Baxendale - the current chief executive of Southampton City Council – is to be appointed as chief executive of Birmingham City Council next week, according to reports.
Her appointment is expected to be approved at a special meeting of the full council on Monday 11 December.
Stella Manzie has been serving as interim chief executive since April following the departure of Mark Rogers in February.
Ms Baxendale has been in post at Southampton since March 2013, having previously served as the authority’s director of environment and economy for four years.
Her career in local government spans 20 years and has included roles in Portsmouth, Wigan, Kirklees and Doncaster.
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), welcomed the appointment.
He said: “The Chamber has enjoyed good relationships with the Council and we look forward to that continuing when Dawn Baxendale assumes her position.
“It’s important that the business community has a rapport with the Council so that we can offer support on major issues, like the possibility of staging the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
“This has worked in the past through ex-chief executive Mark Rogers and current interim Stella Manzie and there is no reason why that shouldn’t continue.”