Rob’s job gains national recognition

Rob Tinlin, chief executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Rob Tinlin, chief executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

A HAWICK man has led a local authority to Britain’s Council of the Year award.

Rob Tinlin, 58, is now chief executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and saw his efforts recognised at the LGC awards earlier this year.

After leaving Hawick in 1972, his career as a planner has escalated to success as the chief of the local authority in Essex as well as national recognition for his leadership skills.

“It’s the greatest success of my career,” he told the Hawick News. “It’s nice to be able to say the award covered the whole of the UK, too. It is seen in local government terms as one of the major accolades.”

Having studied planning at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Mr Tinlin satisfied an ambition of becoming a planner with jobs in Aberdeenshire and East Lothian.

He then became chief executive of councils in South Northamptonshire before landing his current role seven years ago.

“I wanted to be a county planning officer when I left Hawick,” he recalled. “I still have a copy of the 1960s masterplan for Hawick at home.

“I remember that being drafted and consulted on when I was still at the high school. Some of that stuff just spurred me on to do planning.”

Mr Tinlin is married and has two sons at St Andrew’s University – “both proud to call themselves Scots and who still have Greens rugby shirts in their drawer”.

He still has family in Hawick, including his mother May Tinlin, and would be keen to return to the town.

He said: “I’d love to come back, but the local council keeps appointing other people as chief exec! It would be good fun to be back in the Borders.

“The Thursday on the first full week in June, you’ll still find me whistling Hawick songs – much to the bemusement of my colleagues down here”.