Paula Claytonsmith to become new Chief Executive of LCRIG

Paula Claytonsmith will take over as the new Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) from July.

Paula, who is currently the organisation’s Director, Government and Strategy, will take over from Martin Duffy in July. Martin will assume the role of Chair of LCRIG.

This means that LCRIG will retain Martin’s knowledge and sector insights, with Paula representing LCRIG full time as Chief Executive to ensure that the group continues to build on its successes with members, partners, government and the sector.

Speaking about her appointment, Paula said: ”As a team, we work closely together, and we work for the sector. But to do more, Martin and I are changing our roles, especially as our work to support the industry is expanding. I am absolutely delighted to be assuming the role of Chief Executive and look forward to working with Martin over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.

”LCRIG’s growth over the last few years has been unprecedented and this is a fantastic opportunity to continue to work with Martin, the Board, our Directors and the team at LCRIG as we make the case for local roads. We will continue to support our members and the wider sector as we develop our work and initiatives around the areas of net zero, collaboration, skills and innovation.”

Martin Duffy said: ”I am proud to have been at the helm of LCRIG since 2019. The work we are doing to improve the lives of councils, members, associates and partners continues to expand and it makes perfect sense for Paula to take over as Chief Executive on a full-time basis. I will continue to act as Chair of LCRIG and look forward to working closely with Paula and the team as the organisation embarks on the next leg of its journey.

”We have come so far in a relatively short space of time and Paula has played a big part in the progress that has been made since she joined the organisation a year ago. Her extensive background and knowledge of the private and public sectors makes her the ideal person to take LCRIG to the next level. As Chair I will be keeping a watchful eye on progress and continuing to advise as and when necessary. However, I know that with Paula at the helm and a great team alongside her that the future of LCRIG remains a positive one.”

Paula will officially take over from Martin after this year’s LCRIG Innovation Festival which takes place at Newark Showground from 4-5 July.


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