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Kim Bromley-Derry, Newham Council Chief Executive, receives honorary doctorate

Mr Bromley-Derry has dedicated his life to helping others

Kim Bromley-Derry, Chief Executive of Newham Council, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London (UEL) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the regeneration of Newham.

The award was given to Mr Bromley-Derry by UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

He said, “I’ve worked hard, and benefited from the support and opportunities given to me, so I am passionate about doing the same for others. I want that to define me as a leader.”

He joined hundreds of graduating students at the University’s annual graduation ceremony held at Indigo at The O2, London.

Mr Bromley-Derry held senior management and policy roles with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and Lincolnshire local authorities before moving to Newham Council in 2007 as Director of Children’s Services. He was appointed its Chief Executive in 2010.

He said, “It’s humbling but also gives me a great sense of achievement to have led in the delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was great for Newham and London, and so much good has come of it.”

Mr Bromley-Derry has played a major role in bringing in £33 billion of investment into Newham, including the introduction of Westfield Stratford City and the forthcoming ABP London business district in the Royal Albert Dock area.

He was also a member of the organising committee for the 2017 World and Paralympic Athletics Championships in London.

He said, “I’m passionate about how these things can create opportunities for Newham, including for our UEL graduates. I am very proud, too, of our work around apprenticeships, and pioneering schemes around reading, sport and music in schools."

Soon after finishing his A-Levels Mr Bromley-Derry volunteered on a summer project helping disadvantaged children. The experience set him on a new path, and he spent the next two years volunteering full-time on a variety of projects to improve the life chances of young people.

His first paid role was as a residential care worker, before a secondment took him to university for a degree in social work.

He said, “I found myself going to university a little older than other students, and with several years of real-life work experience behind me. The chance to deepen my knowledge and add to my experience through work placements was invaluable.”

He returned to residential care settings as a qualified social worker, eventually becoming a manager with a desire to develop policies that helped children in care.

Mr Bromley-Derry has also studied for a diploma in management studies and an MBA.

In 2009 he was appointed by the then Secretary of State to lead the Government’s early intervention strategy work on the Troubled Families initiative.  In 2016 he was honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list for services to local government.