City Council Chief Executive appointed

Published: Monday, 16th October 2017

Gordon Mitchell has been appointed as Chief Executive at Oxford City Council. He's been working as interim Chief Executive for five months and his contract has now been extended until December 2020.

Cllr Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “We were very pleased that Gordon was willing to extend his appointment for a further three years. He has quickly established himself as a clear sighted and imaginative strategic leader who is ideally suited to take the city through the multiple challenges and important new opportunities which face us in planning, economic growth and housing demand. His extensive experience in local government has already been invaluable in developing the growing range of key partnerships with government, other councils and the National Infrastructure Commission, and these will continue to grow in importance in the next few years.”

Gordon was previously Chief Executive at Nottingham City Council and Bracknell Forest Borough Council, and has also held the post of Interim Chief Executive at Tewkesbury, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Great Yarmouth.

Gordon Mitchell said: “As interim Chief Executive at Oxford City Council for the past five months I have found working in the city to be greatly rewarding and I am now delighted to be looking forward to being here for the next three years.

“There are many challenges ahead but Oxford is well placed to meet them. With a focus on further developing and improving our services, I will work with colleagues, partner organisations, other councils and authorities, and the business sector to secure investment and much need housing, in the city and across Oxfordshire.”     

Throughout Gordon’s career he has contributed to public life in a range of roles through boards of creative enterprises and health trusts. He also has extensive experience in the fields of education, economic development and regeneration over the last 15 years.

An expert in local government with a strong national reputation, Gordon is set to guide the Council vision on how Oxford can fulfil its role as a growing knowledge-based economy over the next few years.

Currently living in the Forest of Dean, Gordon is now looking to buy a property in Oxford.  

The appointment is expected to be endorsed at the next Council meeting.