She was elected to her role at Graven Hill in 2015 whilst concurrently holding the post of Joint Chief Executive for both Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils.

Karen Curtin, Graven Hill’s Managing Director said “We are immensely proud of Sue’s achievement and the whole team wants to join me in offering her our congratulations.

“Graven Hill started out as a pioneering project for Cherwell District Council with both the scale and ambition of the task unprecedented.  Under her leadership, we are delighted to see the project coming to life and look forward to celebrating again later this year when we welcome our first Phase 1 residents.”

Mrs Smith’s award was made in recognition of her services to local government where she spent 37 years.  She also has a passion for the construction industry and has extensive knowledge gained as a Non-Executive Director on national and regional regeneration and development companies.

Sue Smith left her post as Joint Chief Executive of Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils in 2017.