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Former county council boss returns from two years at sea

09:00 01 November 2014

Former Suffolk County Council chief executive Andrea Hill.

Former Suffolk County Council chief executive Andrea Hill.


Former Suffolk County Council chief executive Andrea Hill is back in Britain after spending two years working for a yachting company in the Caribbean.

She has registered with online business network Linked In which is carrying details of her 26-year career in local government.

Mrs Hill was chief executive at Endeavour House from 2008-2011 during a period which saw many controversies – the most significant being the row over the £218,000 a year salary she received.

After she left the county council in the spring of 2011, little had been heard of Mrs Hill, but her Linked In entry reveals that from 2012 until this year she took a two-year sabbatical working as a flotilla organiser for Sunsail – part of the giant TUI travel group – in the Caribbean.

She was responsible for the safety and holiday experience of up to 50 guests on up to 13 yachts each week.

Sunsail specialises in yacht flotillas with prices between £1,500 and £10,000 per week – that cost does not include travel to the Caribbean or food and drink during the holiday.

Mrs Hill’s work in the Caribbean was a marked contrast to her previous career during which she worked her way up from being a policy and performance officer at Thurrock council in 1985 to becoming chief executive of Bedfordshire and then Suffolk County Councils.

In her profile on Linked In she is described as: “Experienced chief executive with a successful track record of achieving significant and lasting service improvement in public services.

“An innovator with a focus on delivery, who leads from the front and is known for getting things done.

“A charismatic leader who takes staff and stakeholders with her. A convincing communicator and passionate advocate for public services.

“Andrea’s expertise is in leading large scale organisations across multiple sites delivering many different services in a climate of diminishing resources.”


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