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Herefordshire chief to depart

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A ground-breaking shared chief executive in Herefordshire is to stand down in the Autumn, it has been announced.

Chris Bull, chief executive of the county’s unitary council and NHS trust, informed staff on Friday that he intends to stand down in October.

A spokesman could not confirm whether recruitment for a replacement would be for a joint position or just to run the council.

Council leader John Jarvis (Con) said: “We will announce the new organisational arrangements which replace this post in due course.”

Cllr Jarvis said the partnership with NHS Herefordshire had been “ground-breaking in many ways - not least the first joint chief executive position between two organisations such as a council and primary care trust”.

He added: “Chris has done a first class job during the past five years in developing the unique partnership as well as many other areas, and we would like to thank him for all that has been achieved during his tenure.”

The joint post was the first of its kind when it was created five years ago, although the innovative arrangement was later replicated in Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and Blackburn with Darwen BC.

Hammersmith’s shared arrangement ended following reorganisation of NHS structures in London.

Blackburn with Darwen’s shared chief executive announced this month that he would be standing down later this year to become interim chief executive of Wirral MBC. A spokeswoman said it was not clear yet whether a joint recruitment would take place or not.

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