Preston City Council appoints new deputy chief executive

Posted on - 13th June, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Preston City Council Deputy Chief Executive Sarah Threlfall

Preston City Council has appointed a new deputy chief executive after the retirement of Neil Fairhurst.


Preston City Council announced the appointment of Sarah Threlfall following an extensive recruitment process.

Sarah is the current director of transformation at Tameside Council, with a ‘strong and proven’ track record of local governance and public sector strategy.

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Sarah said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role of deputy chief executive at Preston City Council.

“I have strong family links to Preston and the surrounds, and I’m looking forward to working with Adrian and the team to deliver quality services and a continuing and strong community wealth building agenda for the residents and businesses of Preston.”

Sarah will work with Chief Executive Adrian Phillips and the corporate management team to lead council services and staff across the city.

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Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, said: “Myself and my fellow councillors on the selection panel were really impressed with Sarah’s wealth of experience and obvious passion for Preston. 

“We’re delighted she will be joining the team, and we look forward to working alongside her for the residents and city of Preston.”

Sarah will take up her new position later in the summer, with the post including the role of director of customer services.

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Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive of Preston City Council, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Sarah as our team works to deliver an ambitious agenda for our growing city.

“Sarah has a wealth of experience to bring to the city. She also has many family links to Preston – I am sure it will feel like coming home to her.”

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