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Long-serving London chief stands down

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One of London’s longest serving chief executives is to leave, with his deputy taking the role on an acting basis.

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Doug Patterson

Doug Patterson, Bromley LBC’s chief since 2007, leaves next week having told the council of his intention in October, a council spokesman said.

His acting replacement is set to be Ade Adetosoye, who is both deputy chief executive and executive director of education, care and health services. Mr Adetosoye will be paid an extra £11,000 for the acting role, taking his total pay to £179,845.

A report for a meeting of full council on Monday by Charles Obazuaye, director of human resources and customer services, said Mr Patterson was among London’s longest serving chief executives and before joining Bromley had been chief at both Wokingham and Harlow BCs.

“He has led the council through challenges and exciting transitional and transformational changes including large scale commissioning programmes, service reviews and realignments, corporate departmental rearrangements and transformation of failing services,” the report said.

“Finally, the outgoing chief executive also represented the council very well at external forums. His leadership and contribution to the Grenfell fire recovery programme as a ‘gold commander’ reflects very well on Bromley council.”

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