THE performance of two authorities’ chief executive will be reviewed by senior councillors at a meeting next week.

Mark Stone is currently chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils.

He was appointed as acting chief executive last June following the departure of the previous incumbent David Hill.

Mr Stone had previously worked at Devon, Wiltshire and Enfield councils and for the civil service.

Since he was appointed, both South and Vale’s elected leaders have been replaced.

John Cotton resigned and was replaced by Jane Murphy at South while Matthew Barber resigned as Vale’s leader on being appointed as a full-time deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley in May.

Mr Hill, as reported by the Oxford Mail, officially resigned but his exit was followed by a £200,000 package after a ‘breakdown’ in the relationship between him and other senior councillors.

Mr Stone’s performance over the last year will be assessed by South and Vale’s joint staff committee next Monday from 6pm.

Much of the meeting will be held in private at the councils’ Milton Park headquarters.

Vale’s new leader Roger Cox and its deputy leader Ed Blagrove will both sit on the panel along with Mrs Murphy.

They will be joined by Anthony Nash and David Nimmo Smith, both South councillors, and Emily Smith, who was recently appointed the Liberal Democrats’ leader at Vale.