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Hull chief executive departs

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Hull City Council’s chief executive has quit her post at short notice, the council has announced.

A statement released on Friday announced Nicola Yates, who has been chief executive for two and a half years, would leave the authority’s employment on Sunday.

Leader Stephen Brady (Lab) thanked Ms Yates for “her time, hard work and dedication to Hull and the council” and said he wished her “all the best in the future”. Ms Yates said her job at Hull had been “enjoyable and challenging and I wish the council, its staff and the city the very best in the years ahead”.

Former chief executive Darryl Stephenson, who left the council in 1995 to become chief executive of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has been asked to return to Hull on a temporary basis.

Cllr Brady said Mr Stephenson had been appointed on an interim basis because the council’s deputy chief executive, corporate director of business support Adrienne Kelbie, was also leaving the council, as announced a month ago.

“In view of the departures of the former chief executive as well as that already announced of the corporate director for business support, we will be bringing in a highly experienced and respected lead officer to support us,” he said. We will work with the corporate leadership team to maintain the momentum and improvement of recent months and years.

“This is a time when we can take stock, examine the options open to us for the future and determine our path going forward”.

Senior councillors have questioned whether the authority, which is in the middle of a review of the management structure, needs a chief executive, according to local reports.

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