Windsor & Maidenhead RBC managing director Alison Alexander is to leave her post as part of a senior management restructure – but not until the end of May next year.
After five-and-a-half years in the role, Ms Alexander said “it is now time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities”.
Leader Simon Dudley (Con) said he was seeking to “enhance and strengthen” Windsor & Maidenhead’s “commissioning council” approach and will do this “through changes to the senior management structure to ensure we continue to deliver high quality services to our residents.”
A meeting of the council’s employment panel was held in private earlier this week. Ms Alexander’s agreed departure date following that meeting is 31 May 2019.
Cllr Dudley said this would “ensure that there is continued effective leadership of the council during the upcoming proposed restructure, as well as the elections early next year.”
He added: “This agreement also allows the council sufficient time to commence the recruitment process to ensure that we appoint a quality replacement candidate as managing director prior to Alison’s departure, which will facilitate a smooth transition.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alison for her dedication, work and commitment to the council. Alison’s time with us has been highly successful for the council and she has delivered a wide range of services. I would to thank her for her huge level of commitment and dedication in securing good outcomes for staff, members and residents and to wish her all the best in her future roles.”
Ms Alexander said: “This has been a tough decision on my part as this organisation is like a family to me.
“I am passionate about my role and over the last five-and-a-half years, I have led the council to achieve significant improvement for the staff, members and residents. The transformation across the council has been significant and is producing positive results.
“Having worked with a team of dedicated officers to achieve so much, I feel it is now time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities. I remain committed to continue leading and managing the council; working with the leader and administration to recruit a permanent new managing director; implement the structural changes in the leadership team, and prepare the council for the changes emerging from the electoral review.
“The senior management team is a strong one and I am confident they are ideally placed to take the organisation forward.”