Andy Donald is set to be appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Haringey Council, taking over from Zina Etheridge, who will be leaving her position in February 2022.  

Andy was Chief Executive of nearby Redbridge Council until earlier this year and will take up his new position with Haringey in the New Year, subject to approval at Full Council.

During his five-and-a-half years with Redbridge, the east London authority was recognised for its outstanding children’s and adult services and shortlisted twice for the MJ Council of the Year award. 

Andy led Redbridge’s Child Friendly Borough, Growth Commission and Community Hubs work, putting engagement and collaboration with the community at the heart of what the council does. He was also the lead Chief Executive for housing and regeneration across the capital and the pandemic response in north-east London. 

Andy, who lives with his family in Hackney, has spent the vast majority of his 30-year career working for London local authorities, including a long spell as the Director with responsibilities for housing, regeneration and major projects at the London Borough of Brent. He says: “It is a privilege to be offered the opportunity to take on the Chief Executive role at Haringey.  

“I’m delighted to have the chance to build on Zina’s excellent work and I am really looking forward to working alongside the Leader, politicians, the staff, partners and local communities to both support Haringey through the coming months and make further progress on the Borough’s aspirations and priorities.” 

Councillor Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Our key priority for Haringey is to put coproduction at the heart of everything we do. 

“Andy Donald is a highly-experienced Chief Executive – with a background in collaborative change, housing and social care. He’s very well-placed to take on the interim role as we begin a full competitive recruitment for the permanent position of Chief Executive early next year.”  

Andy replaces Haringey’s current Chief Executive, Zina Etheridge, who is leaving to become Chief Executive Officer Designate of north-east London’s health and care partnership.