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Shake-up prompts de Groot exit

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Lucy de Groot, executive director of the Improvement & Development Agency, is to step down from her post.

One of the most senior figures in local government, Ms de Groot revealed she will leave the agency in March as a result of the Local Government Association’s restructuring.

The strategy, announced by the LGA’s chief executive Paul Coen earlier in the summer, will see the IDeA brought ‘in-house’ to become part of a single support organisation (LGC, 19 June).

Ms de Groot said: “In light of the LGA’s agreement on its group development strategy, now is an appropriate moment for the post of the executive director of the agency to be reviewed.” Ms de Groot added she hoped to remain in the local government sector.

LGA chairman Sir Simon Milton (Con) paid tribute to Ms de Groot, who ran the IDeA for five years. “Lucy has been at the heart of local government’s rapid improvement in recent years,” he said. “As chairman of the LGA and its improvement board I have worked closely with Lucy over the last four years and came to rely on her cool, calm and collected
advice and on her positive, can-do approach to getting things done.”

Ms de Groot worked as chief executive of Bristol City Council between 1993 and 2000. She spent three years as director of public services at HM Treasury before joining the IDeA in 2003.

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