Two new faces in the senior team

Nazeya Hussain and Philip Evans
Nazeya Hussain and Philip Evans

Two new council officers have been appointed to take Eastbourne in to the future.

Nazeya Hussain, known as Naz, replaces Jeff Collard, who recently stepped down as the head of planning and regeneration in Eastbourne after 25 years, and Philip Evans takes over from tourism boss, Tracey McNulty, who has returned to her native Wales and a job at Swansea County Council.

Naz had been shadowing Jeff in preparation for taking over the role.

She has come to Eastbourne from Lewes District Council where, as director of business strategy and development, she held responsibility for regeneration, economic development, tourism, corporate planning and performance, communication and engagement, overview and scrutiny.

Under her new role, she shares her time between Eastbourne and Lewes councils as part of a partnership to deliver more resilient and efficient services.

Her career has also involved working on regeneration and development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and on the Thames Gateway.

Jeff Collard retired recently having overseen major projects such as the town centre redevelopment, joint waste contract negotiations and plans for Devonshire Park transformation.

Meanwhile, Philip has been appointed the new senior head of tourism and leisure following Tracey McNulty’s departure last year.

For the past five years Philip has been head of policy and analysis at VisitEngland, holding responsibility for the national tourism strategy and advising the government on tourism policy issues.

His previous work included heading up tourism departments at Southwark, West Dorset, Boston and Bedfordshire Councils, as well as overseeing the visitor economy work of the London Development Agency and London-wide tourism strategy and briefing the Mayor of London on tourism issues.