Continuity within a key council position Director of Business Services, sees Paul Simpson, leave after only a few years in the job. Mr Simpson will leave the council at the end of April.
Simpson joined the Council in 2008 initially as Head of Finance. He became Acting Director of Central Services in January 2009 and was then appointed Director in April 2009 and held the responsibility for finance, legal and member services as well as business technology and procurement.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Stoke. It has been a magnificent challenge and a privilege to serve this city.
“However I have decided the time is right for me to move on and develop my career and to spend more time at home with my young family in Derby. I will miss my many friends I have made here in Stoke and wish the council well as it continues to transform services for the people of the city.”
Chief Executive John van de Laarschot said:
“Paul has made a significant contribution to the council during a time of unprecedented change and challenges for everyone working in public service. I want to thank him for his hard work and sound advice and wish him the very best for the future.”
According to the council website, Interim arrangements for the management of the directorate will be announced shortly. No mention is made of settlements.
At a time when concurrent and strong leader is most needed in the council you have to ask if Paul Simpson left of his own accord or do you think he was pushed.