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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.

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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.”

20 comments

  • Wow..I wonder how many pairs of designer flip flops she brought back...??

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    Barnacle

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • It'll be news when she leaves again. Just in case she tries to gain employment in local government again.

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    Mister Cynical

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Extremely arrogant greedy obnoxious and un - newsworthy. Who cares? Would have preferred not to have been reminded she even existed.

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    james n

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Hardly 2 years at sea !

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    Poppys Dad

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Oh dear Mr Geater , you couldn't stop reporting about the lady when she worked for SCC and it is now 3 and half years since she's left and you suddenly decide to write a so called article about her.Strange fascination, did she upset you?

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Whatever people here think of her I bet she is an RYA Ocean Master now. That takes some doing.

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    Peter Turtill

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • So Andrea returns after two years at sea to find Suffolk County Council care homes "all at sea". Who was it started that divestment navy lark anyway?

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    Citizen

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • So she couldn't move 50 miles down the road to live in Ipswich when she worked for SCC. Did she commute when she worked in the Caribbean or did she have to pay her own travel costs?

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • What were the conclusions of the final Wragge Report and how much did it cost? What is the reaction of the council to the report?

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    Roy Everett

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • In other news I would like to report that earlier I left my house to go to the shop and have since returned! Now wondering if i should update my LinkedIn profile with that new information...hmmm.

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    SteveIpswich

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • lazy journalism of the highest order...

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    Chris Ward

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Nobody cares. Really. Obnoxious woman.

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    Sentinel Red

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Doubt if she got paid £218,000 pa doing that job but then I am sure she got a good walk away compensation deal with the compliments of Suffolk CC.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Obviously 'quiet' not quite ....

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    Baron Samedi

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Haha - this article is only here to wind-up the readers. Arrrrnnndrea was always good for getting irate audience reaction. Perhaps things have been a little quite since she left the scene. Gone but never forgotten in East Anglia. More updates soon please!

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    Baron Samedi

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • This is the most lazy, pointless and stupid article I have ever read by any newspaper! So Paul Geater employed as a "journalist" read an article on the internet and turned it into a "news story"! Wait for next week's article after he has checked his Facebook and Twitter accounts. I personally can't wait for an article on a cat dressed up for Halloween, or Mr Geater's neighbour doing the Ice bucket challenge. Please editor explain how this is a story?

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    england1770

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Shame on you Mr Geater, you didn't report that she has changed her hair in her Linkedin profile pic.... not a good look is it?

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    Citizen

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Looks a bit like an ageing weatherforecast girl. I doubt many people could give a Castlemaine 4x about what corporate lingo terms she can describe herself in - anyone interested in the subject, and therefore having no life or hobby, could have googled her name for themselves. Not a news story.

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • To loose a cushy overpaid job as a chief exec and become a simple tour guide cum chalet maid must have been a bit of a come down for her. Never mind eh.

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    Gobby

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Let's not forget that a LinkedIn (not Linked In) profile is written by the person whose profile it is. Which proves to anybody who didn't already realise it, just how far up herself "Arndrear" is.

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    beerlover

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

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