Meet the Commissioners

The Commissioners are due to be in place until 31 March 2021 and will update the Secretary of State every three months on progress.

Both Commissioners have had long careers in local government:

Lead Commissioner – Tony McArdle

Tony McArdle was Chief Executive of Lincolnshire County Council between 2005 and 2018. He took up post at a time when the council was suffering from significant corporate governance and service failures and was under the immediate threat of government intervention. He left Lincolnshire with the authority enjoying a reputation as progressive and innovative with a strong profile and an established record of high-quality service delivery.

Prior to moving to Lincolnshire, for seven years Tony was Chief Executive of the Borough Council of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. He has held interim appointments in other councils and has also been involved in delivering elements of the Council of Europe's programme to improve local government practice in Croatia, Bulgaria and Russia.

Tony chaired the Association of County Chief Executives from 2015 to 2017. He is Director of the National Centre for Rural Health and Care and a Member of the Courts of both the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University. Tony also served as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army for 22 years.

Finance Commissioner – Brian Roberts

Brian is the former director of corporate resources and deputy chief executive at Leicestershire County Council.  Previously he worked at Staffordshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Hart District Council and Merseyside County Council.

Brian qualified as an accountant in 1980. He is immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). He was a Member and past president of the Society of County Treasurers and he has also been an LGA core finance adviser and past president of the Association of Local Government Treasurers. Brian is currently a national council member of CIPFA and a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

Chief of Staff - Chrissie Farrugia

Chrissie is from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and supports Tony and Brian in their roles as independent Commissioners for Northamptonshire.

The role of the Commissioners

The Commissioners' aim is to be transparent at all times.