Dr. Sue McGonigal was appointed as Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of Thanet District Council on 1 June 2011.
In 1993 she gained a Doctorate in Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Aston in Birmingham before going on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. In 1998 she was appointed as Head of Strategic Finance at Kent Fire & Rescue Service and then later she became their Head of Financial Services and Deputy S151 Officer in 2000.
Sue joined Thanet District Council in 2007 as Head of Financial Services and S151 Officer which involved overseeing the Financial Services and Council Tax teams, where she had overall responsibility for the finance control framework, budget development and monitoring processes, governance, risk management, and internal audit.
In 2009 she became the Director of Finance and Corporate Services taking on additional responsibilities for policy and performance, communications, human resources, procurement and facilities. Sue was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in 2010, before taking on the role of Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in June 2011.
Sue is committed to working in partnership to achieve the regeneration and economic growth of Thanet, the generation of increased business investment and improved employment prospects and quality of life for the residents of the district.