John Mundell
John Mundell
Chief Executive
Orkney Islands Council

John is currently Orkney Islands Council’s interim Chief Executive and has been in post since June 2019. He had been providing assistance to several councils across the UK since retiring from Inverclyde Council as Chief Executive in September 2016 after over ten successful years in the role. When he joined Inverclyde Council in 2006, it was widely reported as the ‘worst council in Scotland’ and during his tenure, Inverclyde Council’s culture, operations and performance were totally transformed with many major developments and successes delivered via a strong partnership at work philosphy with trade unions and with partners which resulted in the Council being awarded the Best Public Sector organisation in the UK by the Bloomberg Corporation. John was a Board Member of the National Roads Collaboration Programme In Scotland and was the National Solace Strategic Lead for Environment, Transport, Sustainability and Waste Management. He was instrumental in developing and securing the introduction of a concordat adopted by all 32 Councils in the form of the Scottish Household Waste Recycling Charter. John was awarded the OBE for his services to Local Government in 2016. John started his 42 year full time career as a trainee civil engineer in the City Engineers Department of Edinburgh Corporation in 1974 and from 1979 advanced through various Civil Engineering roles up to Commercial Manager for Inroads within Lothian Regional Council during the Compulsory Competitive Tendering era. In 1993, he joined Central Regional Council as Head of Central Contracts with a wider remit, and from 1995 for over 10 years, he was a Strategic Director for East Dunbartsonshire Council with a full range of development and environmental services until his departure to join Inverclyde in 2006. He developed a reputation for successfully developing commercial approaches for local government services. His interests include farming, property renovation, karate, (latterly as a referee & judge) and following his 3 sons in their sporting activities.