Matt Prosser has been officially appointed as the new chief executive of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council.

Both councils approved the appointment at their full council meetings in February and formal HR checks have now been completed.

A spokesman for both authorities said the role includes leading the two councils through a “programme of transformation and change to achieve their ambitions for the area, including developing a greater commercial focus”.

Mr Prosser said: “I’m delighted to be joining the two councils and being the driving force for continuing the development of the excellent partnership work which has taken place to date.”