Two of the most prominent female chief executives have been forced from their jobs after political control changed on their councils in May’s local elections.
Trafford MBC chief executive Theresa Grant and her Kingston upon Thames RBC counterpart Charlie Adan and have both announced their resignations.
In a statement published by Kingston upon Thames LBC, Ms Adan said she was “very sorry” to be leaving the council having “greatly enjoyed” there for the past two years.
Current deputy chief executive Roy Thompson is to replace Ms Adan as interim chief executive for a period of “up to 12 months or until a permanent CEO is appointed”, the council said.
Trafford announced that Jill Colbert, director of children, families and wellbeing, will become interim chief executive for a short period, before departing for Sunderland City Council’s children’s services in a few weeks’ time. It is not known who will replace Ms Colbert.
Ms Grant said in a separate statement that she was “enormously proud” of work done to make Trafford “one of the best councils in the country” over the past nine years.
“Following the recent elections and the establishment of Trafford’s new administration and leader, it is now time for me to move on to new opportunities and I wish all of my friends and colleagues in Greater Manchester, at Trafford Council, Trafford CCG and all of our residents and stakeholders, the very best for the future and thank you all for your help and support over the last nine years. I wish you every success for the future,” Ms Grant said.
Graeme McDonald, managing director of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers, thanked Ms Grant for her “fantastic public service”.
“Theresa is a strong and credible public servant who did her very best for the communities she served in Trafford. Last autumn, Solace held its Annual Summit in Trafford, and Theresa with her staff provided exceptional support to the event. In Trafford we were able to showcase the very best of local government to colleagues from across the UK and the rest of the world. The whole Solace family wishes Theresa well on the next stage of her career,” Mr McDonald said.