David Hill O.B.E
David’s career has fallen into two main parts: 26 years as a Civil Servant/Senior Civil Servant, followed by 13 years in local government, including some six years as Chief Executive of Ashford Borough Council and five years (2009 - 14) as Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council.
As a Civil Servant, David worked in the Northern Ireland Office, dealing with a range of political, security and constitutional matters and was centrally involved in the Northern Ireland “talks process” from its inception in January 1990 through to the Belfast Agreement in April 1998 and the early stages of establishing the New Northern Ireland Assembly. He also worked on secondment at the Department of Social Security (seeking to restore confidence in occupational pensions after the ‘Maxwell’ affair) and at the Cabinet Office (as Secretary to the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords).
Meanwhile, he was developing an interest in broader management issues, successfully completing the Sloan Fellowship Programme at the London Business School and working for a year in the private sector.
In 2000 he accepted an invitation to go on secondment to Suffolk County Council as Director of Organisational Development, with a remit to drive through a programme of organisational change and transformation. Attracted by the experience of working with local communities, he decided to make a permanent move to local government and applied for the vacant position of Chief Executive at Ashford Borough Council. Subsequently he moved on to become Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council, giving him experience of working across the whole spectrum of local government responsibilities.
David and his wife have maintained a family home in Ashford since they married in 1979 and his three active daughters all made good use of the facilities at the Stour Centre, the Julie Rose Stadium and the Tenterden Leisure Centre.