HART Council has appointed its first woman Chief Executive.

She is Jules Samuels who is currently Director of Corporate Services with St Albans City and District Council.

Chris James, Hart's Head of Policy and Community Services, has been acting Chief Executive since Grahame Jelbart's retirement through ill health earlier this year. Mr James, who was on the final shortlist, will continue in the role until Miss Samuels arrives in the summer.

Coun. Roger Jones, the chairman of Hart's staff and general purposes committee looked forward to working with Jules Samuels.

He said the council was very grateful for Mr James's work as acting Chief Executive.