Michael Blanch, 52, initially trained in economics and gained his PhD in 1975. He has held a variety of senior and director level posts in borough and county councils in the UK. He has a background in tourism and leisure services as well as economic development. Dr Blanch was chief executive of Eastbourne BC for four years and led the fight back against recession in this major tourism town. He was appointed as chief executive of Bromley in 1995, where he introduced new ways of working into London's largest borough.
Dr Blanch was a member of the UK Territorial Army for 26 years, and received the Territorial Decoration.
Chris Maines, Bromley's Lib-Deb council co-leader: 'During his time with the authority, Michael has developed working partnerships with many local groups resulting in enhanced services to the local community, and we look forward to building on these in the future.
Michael Tickner, leader of Bromley Conservative Party: 'We are sorry to lose Michael. He has made an enormous contribution to the borough. We will miss his drive and initiative.'