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Shared chief arrangement to end

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Thurrock BC and Barking & Dagenham LBC are to end their shared chief executive arrangement.

Graham Farrant, who runs both boroughs, will resume his full-time job as chief executive of Thurrock BC two years after he additionally took on Barking & Dagenham LBC. He will make the move when Barking & Dagenham has appointed its own chief.

The two councils said in a joint statement that both “needed more capacity to take forward change and growth”.

Barking & Dagenham leader Darren Rodwell (Lab), who became leader in June, said: “Our new administration has set out an exciting and challenging agenda for the borough, locking our future more strongly into the London economy and working with a range of partners around east London and beyond.

“Everyone recognises that our joint working with Thurrock generally and Graham Farrant in particular have provided benefits to both councils and given us the opportunity to lead the way in these difficult times.

“That work has put us in the position where we can now push on – and to do that we need a full-time chief executive.”

John Kent (Lab), leader of Thurrock, said he was “pleased that Thurrock council has been able to provide this level of support to Barking & Dagenham for the past two years and this certainly is not the end of our shared ambition for growth and development along the Thames Gateway”.

Mr Farrant (pictured) was originally chief executive of Barking & Dagenham in 2000-04 and then worked in the private sector as chief executive of Leisure Connection and later of management consultancy PMP Genesis before taking the top job at Thurrock in 2010.

Barking & Dagenham’s previous chief executive Stella Manzie left in 2012 after little over a year in office following a reported breakdown in relations with Cllr Rodwell’s predecessor Liam Smith (Lab), and Mr Farrant returned to fill the gap.



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