Chris Bally joined East Suffolk Council as Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service in January 2023. East Suffolk Council serves a population of just over 250,000 across an area of 487 square miles. The Council has a net revenue budget of £49m and employs around 1,000 staff.
Prior to joining East Suffolk Council, Chris was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services at Suffolk County Council for 5 years, having held various roles in the County Council since 2008. Chris’ background is the leadership of corporate services in local government including finance, HR, procurement, property, legal, Digital/IT and corporate policy and communications and he had led various transformation, collaborative and partnership projects across Suffolk.
Prior to joining the County Council, Chris worked for Tendring District Council and the Audit Commission across London and the South East of England.
Outside of work, he is a father of four daughters, loves the outdoors and is a keen open water swimmer. He is a Director for the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and a long-suffering season-ticket holder at Ipswich Town.