Nick Hodgson

Non-Executive Director


Nick Hodgson joined Outreach Solutions as Non-Executive Director in 2013. Nick was formally chief executive of Derbyshire County Council, a post he held for 16 years. Nick spent a total of 38 years at the council, a large and diverse organisation with a £500 million annual budget and approximately 20,000 employees.

During his time as chief executive, Nick helped the council achieve an ‘Excellent’ 4 star Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) rating in 2002 and maintained the position at the top of the Audit Commission’s national league tables.  He created the ‘Derbyshire Way’ which was a council-wide culture of honesty, trust and respect based on the principle of treating people as you would wish to be treated yourself. He also helped manage the council’s budget reductions between 2009 – 2013 in a careful and sensitive way, protecting local services and local jobs.

Nick is a member of the Association of County Council Chief Executives and is an accredited peer for the Local Government Association’s Peer Review Programme. He continues to work as a ‘critical friend’ to councils and local partnerships to help improve services, find efficiencies and ensure good governance.