Redcar and Cleveland Council has appointed South Tyneside Council's Executive Director of Neighbourhood Services, Amanda Skelton as the new Chief Executive.
She will succeed Colin Moore, who is retiring from the role after completing eight years in the job in December.
Residents can no doubt look forward to a range of "it" campaigns, such as "blitz it" "bin it" and "just do it" which seem to have been a feature of Amanda's five years as Executive Director at South Tyneside.
Like Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside has moved from a 'fair' authority to 'excellent' and is one one of only ten nationwide to be classed as 'four star improving strongly'.
Amanda Skelton's career in local government has a housing and regeneration background, with vast experience in delivering frontline services. She has previously worked for City of Sunderland Council, Newcastle City Council and Salford Council before arriving in South Tyneside.