The unanimous decision of the council’s appointments panel was taken on April 14, five months after Mr Pallace was appointed Interim Chief Executive. The appointment is due to be ratified at the next meeting of the Council on May 20.
The council’s administration decided last year to appoint its own sovereign head of service as recommended by Lord Adonis’ review of the shared service arrangements with neighbouring authorities Kensington and Chelsea and City of Westminster.
Nigel Pallace said “This chief executive post is exclusive to Hammersmith and Fulham. The administration is determined to make sure that, in these demanding times, H&F has a chief executive who is dedicated to championing the needs of our borough. I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to take on this role and lead this ambitious council to achieve great things for all our residents and local businesses.”
Mr Pallace trained as a town planner and spent spells working in all areas of planning in a number of London boroughs. He joined Hammersmith & Fulham as an assistant director in charge of development services in 1992.
He led the council’s work with Chelsfield and Westfield. In the past year he has supported the renegotiation of a series of deals with developers that has secured over £50m extra for H&F residents.
He has championed new ways of working, enabling the council to greatly reduce its office footprint and increase efficiency. He was instrumental in the design of shared services with other councils, particularly the development of shared environmental and technical services with Kensington and Chelsea, for whom he also worked as an executive director from 2012 until taking up his new role.