New Man In Charge Of Dorset's Economy
10:43am 9th April 2014
(Updated 4:50pm 9th April 2014)
There's new blood in charge of environment and economy in Dorset.
Mike Harries takes on the County Council post with over 10 years' experience at the local authority and a former position at DEFRA and in the farms department at Savills.
The 51 year old says he wants to bring local businesses and communities together, to build a strong and successful Dorset.
The council's Chief Executive Debbie Ward said she was delighted with Mike's appointment;
"He is hard-working, creative and committed to public service in Dorset. He has been a valued colleague as a head of service, deputy director and most recently interim director and I am delighted that he has been appointed to the role in his own right."
Rugby fan Mike says he's thrilled to take on the new role;
"I'm really looking forward to working with members, communities and businesses to deliver a strong agenda for Dorset that helps our communities and economy thrive and grow.
"My focus is to establish mutual respect with communities, business and public sector partners so that we can all work together for a strong and successful Dorset. I will be getting out to meet as many groups as I can, including our frontline staff, who do such a fantastic job for the people of Dorset."
Mike is married with four children and lives in Dorchester. He's a Leicester Tigers fan, and coached with the Dorchester RUFC youth section.