A NEW Executive Director of Place at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been revealed.

Following a cross-party interview process, Andrew Durrant, who has been a Royal Borough resident since 2005, will start his new role in the spring.

Andrew will be taking the role from Russell O’Keefe, who left the Royal Borough to take the reins at Basingstoke and Deane Council as chief executive in January.

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Mr Durrant was the Director of Community Services for Westminster City Council, a post he held since 2018 and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has been with Westminster City Council since 2003 when he started as a school sport partnership manager. He then moved to the Head of Westminster sports unit before being promoted to Head of Sport, Leisure, and Wellbeing.

During his time as the communities lead, Andrew implemented an inclusion and diversity action group, and delivered the development of new community facilities and local place services.

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Mr Durrant said: “As a resident of the borough I am looking forward to working with councillors, officers and partners.

“I am passionate about the positive impact local government can make on people’s lives and I want to ensure that I deliver quality services that make a meaningful difference to our residents and visitors.”

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “Andrew will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role being a resident as well as in his previous roles at Westminster City Council. I am looking forward to working with him.”