New chief officer for community council

Pictured, from left, are CAN chief officer Andy Dean, chair Adrian Hinchcliffe and director David Francis.
Pictured, from left, are CAN chief officer Andy Dean, chair Adrian Hinchcliffe and director David Francis.

A county charity has a new man in charge.

Community Action Northumberland (CAN) appointed Andy Dean to the role of chief officer. He started on Monday.

The former head of regeneration at Northumberland County Council will be responsible for implementing CAN’s new strategy, which is to become ‘a voice for rural communities’ and focus on benefiting all of them.

Since leaving the local authority in 2010, he has been running his own consultancy business – ADPractitioners. He is also an assistant director of the Rural Services Network and will be continuing in this role.

Mr Dean has experience of regeneration and economic development, housing and planning, community development and engagement, business and enterprise, bid writing, funding acquisition, partnership development and delivery and strategic development.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to this position,” he said.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of leading CAN to assist rural communities to become more sustainable and help people in these areas to improve their daily lives.”

He has taken over the reins from David Francis, who is to retire in March 2016.

Until then, Mr Francis will continue as director but with specific responsibility for the work that CAN – one of England’s rural community councils – does for the Northumberland Association of Local Councils.

Chair of CAN, Adrian Hinchcliffe, said: “Andy’s skills and experience will be of great benefit to us and rural communities.”