Council chief operations officer leaves role at authority

Jess Gibbons has been selected as Brighton City Council's new chief executive <i>(Image: BHCC)</i>
Jess Gibbons has been selected as Brighton City Council's new chief executive (Image: BHCC)

BCP Council’s chief operations officer has left her role at the local authority.

Jess Gibbons has been in the post since December 2021, and is set to become chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.

In her role within BCP Council, she was responsible for all operational services, including environment, infrastructure, regeneration, customer, arts and property, planning and destination and commercial operations.

Previously, she was director for communities and neighbourhoods at Wiltshire Council and director of community services for Camden.

She is likely to begin her new role on March 18, if Brighton councillors approve her appointment in a vote on December 14.

Ms Gibbons said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be offered this extremely important role at one of the most vibrant and innovative cities in the country.

“Having worked at a senior level across the private, voluntary and local government sectors, the role and place are a natural progression and perfect fit for my values and skills.

“The council and local government in general are going through a critical period of change and I will be grasping this opportunity and helping pivot the organisation and place to make the most of our potential.

“Brighton and Hove is similar to Camden, where I grew as a local government officer, as it’s diverse, edgy and creative, but as a coastal city it also faces similar challenges to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

“I’m looking forward to working with the political leadership and council staff to help make the city an even better place to be for its residents, businesses and visitors.”

BCP Council confirmed that a formal recruitment and selection process will now be opened.

Graham Farrant, chief executive of the council, said: “Jess has brought a huge amount of enthusiasm and dedication to the role of chief operations officer and I wish her all the best in her new role.

“This is a great opportunity for her and demonstrates that experience gained here at BCP Council is valuable to other councils and to individuals.”