Masters in line for Council hot seat


A Cornwall Council panel is recommending that Paul Masters should be appointed as interim chief executive.

Paul Masters

The Member Selection and Appointment of Chief Officers Panel’s decision will now be considered by members at a meeting of the full council tomorrow (February 12). If ratified, Masters, who is currently assistant chief executive, will take up the post on the departure of the current chief executive, Kevin Lavery, next month.

Announcing the recommendation of the Panel, chairman Jeremy Rowe said it had been a difficult decision as there had been a very strong field of candidates. He said: “I am pleased we have been able to make a unanimous recommendation and would like to thank all the members of the panel for their support in helping the Council to make this vital decision.

“I am particularly happy that we have been able to appoint from within the organisation. We had three high quality candidates which shows the breadth of talent and ability we have in the Council.”

The appointment will be for a minimum period of six months, pending the outcome of the unitary council elections in May and a decision by the new Council regarding the nature of and process for a substantive appointment. The salary level for the post is between £158k and £175k.