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Former Swansea Council chief executive receives an OBE

Jack Straw, the former Chief Executive of Swansea Council, has received an OBE for services to local government.

Jack Straw

Mr Straw, who left the council in May 2016, said, "I am delighted to receive an OBE in the New Year Honours. When I started working in local government in the 1970s, I could never have imagined that I'd have such a satisfying career and that I'd receive this prestigious honour.
 
"However, this award would not have come about had it not been for the tremendous support that I have had from colleagues at Swansea Council over many years.
 
"Their tireless work has seen services improve even during very challenging times and the honour I've received is a wonderful reflection of their dedication and determination to make things better for the people of Swansea."
 
Mr Straw began his local government career in Nottingham, where he's originally from, and later became Assistant City Treasurer for the former Swansea City Council in 1989. He has also held a number of senior posts in the NHS in Wales and was Chief Executive of the Swansea Local Health Board until 2005. 

Mr Straw then joined Swansea Council as Director of Social Services and Housing before being appointed Executive Director in 2009. He was appointed the Council's Chief Executive in March 2011.


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