Monmouthshire County Council is welcoming three new chief officers to its senior leadership team. The appointments of Chief Officer for Enterprise and Chief Officer for Social Care, Safeguarding & Health, as well as Head of Law & Monitoring Officer mean that the council’s leadership team is now at full strength. The newly appointed chief officers will have the ability and potential to ensure progress and offer a considerable difference to Monmouthshire’s communities.
Frances Williams will take the position of Chief Officer for Enterprise, replacing Kellie Beirne who will shortly leave the council to become the Cardiff Capital Region’s City Deal Programme Director.
Frances has led Blaenau Gwent’s regeneration department and has been the Head of Public Services for the past two years, leading both the community services and regeneration functions which included a wide range of frontline services. In addition, she has led various programmes for a number of South East Wales local authorities. Originally from Port Talbot, she studied a degree in geography followed by a Masters of Research in Recycling Technology at Swansea University. Frances started her professional career in waste management at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough before moving to Blaenau Gwent.
Frances lives in Newport and co-parents her four and a half year old son, Zachary – she quips that for her youngster the half year is crucial! She enjoys reading and going to the gym, but is also a fan of fabulous food and cooking.
Frances said: “I am very excited by the opportunity to work with the team at Monmouthshire County Council and help to deliver its goals. I am very passionate about making a difference, improving public services and can’t wait to start at Mon CC.”
Monmouthshire’s new Chief Officer for Social Care, Safeguarding & Health, Julie Boothroyd, has worked as the council’s Head of Adult Services for the past eight years. She will replace Claire Marchant who has joined Cardiff City Council as Chief Officer for Social Services.
Julie started her social care career aged 19 assisting older people and has since taken a variety of senior roles in Bristol, Gwent and Monmouthshire. She prides herself on building strong relationships with the workforce and people who need social care support. She said: “I am thrilled and proud to become Chief Officer for Social Care, Safeguarding and Health. I work with impressive staff everyday who make an enormous difference to people’s lives. I want to lead the service with passion, optimism and ambition. Above all, I want to ensure that we focus on people and relationships; those I work alongside and those we support to ensure that we’re continually there for people according to what matters to them.”
Julie hails from West Yorkshire, but has adopted Wales as her home, living in Monmouthshire for the past 20 years with husband Colin and their three grown children, Chris, Dan and Scarlet. A fan of the outdoors who enjoys time with her two horses and two dogs, she is also an enthusiast for motorcycles and fast cars.
Matt Phillips takes on the role of Head of Law & Monitoring Office, replacing the long-serving Robert Tranter who heads to a new position in Caerphilly County Borough. Matt grew up in Chepstow and went to Pembroke Primary and Chepstow schools before studying politics and international relations at Swansea University. On finishing his degree, he joined the Royal Navy as a logistics specialist, training as a commissioned officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before going on to specialise as a submariner and serving as the head of department on HMS Tireless, a nuclear-powered, hunter-killer submarine.
Matt was selected by the Royal Navy to train as a barrister and studied at Cardiff University Law School, being called to the Bar at Middle Temple Inn of Court. He spent a year working as a criminal barrister in London before returning to the Royal Navy and becoming the UK’s legal adviser to the European Union’s Maritime Force, focusing on counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. Matt continued to specialise in International and Operational Law, becoming the legal adviser to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and working as a strategist in Joint Force Command.
Matt lives in Abergavenny with his wife Ruth, and daughters Alice and Charlotte. He makes the most of life in Abergavenny and Monmouthshire, from walking the dog in the Brecon Beacons to running, open water swimming or cycling throughout the county and beyond.
Matt said: “I’m delighted to be joining Monmouthshire County Council. I grew up in Chepstow and have lived in Abergavenny for years so it’s great to return from a career in the armed forces that’s taken me all over the world to give something back to the county and take part in Mon CC’s impressive work.”
Council Leader Peter Fox commented: “I’m delighted that we’ve made these appointments which follow a comprehensive campaign to ensure the best people were recruited. We’re all looking forward to witnessing the impact that Frances, Julie and Matt will have on Monmouthshire as they offer us their experience, ideas and a fresh approach.
“My best wishes and thanks go to Kellie, Claire and Rob as they leave us and we wish them well for the future.”
For further information on opportunities with Monmouthshire County Council log onto: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-employment