New chief executive recommended

Published: 20 March 2024

The image shows Gordon Mole, nominated as the next chief executive of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
Gordon Mole, pictured, has been nominated as the next chief executive of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has identified its preferred new Chief Executive officer.

Subject to approval by a meeting of the Full Council, Gordon Mole will be appointed to succeed Martin Hamilton, who steps down at the end of March after five years at the authority.

Gordon Mole is currently at Fife Council, where he has been Head of Business and Employability since 2016 including responsibility for economic policy and development, town centres and tourism.

Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said:

As you would expect there was a strong group of candidates applying for this job and I am very pleased that we can recommend the appointment of Gordon Mole to Full Council.


I was impressed by Gordon’s background and experience, both in the public and private sector, and I am sure he will maintain our momentum in delivering good local services for residents while keeping costs down, pushing forward our sustainable regeneration and promoting our town centres as a place for everyone.”

Before his move to Scotland, Gordon Mole was Head of Culture and Environment Services at Ipswich Borough Council, managing front-line operations.

He had returned to local government there after time leading on the development of new apprenticeships and graduate training as Employment and Brokerage Manager for Crossrail and was responsible for the economic development, responsible procurement and employment initiatives for several major construction programmes, including London’s Shard of Glass, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Tate Modern.

Gordon Mole is set to join Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council at a good time. A recent independent inspection of the authority by the Local Government Association praised the authority’s strong leadership, financial stability and ability to attract “enviable” amounts of Government funding.

The report also highlighted the council’s ability to work jointly to deliver good services, a rigorous savings programme and staff’s pride in the Borough.