Since joining in 2000 Simon has helped successfully move the council from recovery into improvement.
Waltham Forest LBC leader Clyde Loakes said:
'In his years as chief executive, Simon rose to the many professional and personal challenges presented to him and significantly improved the council's performance and management ability. He has built a sound platform on which the council will be able to base its future development of services to meet the needs of the people of Waltham Forest. A measure of his achievement can be demonstrated by the government lead official's comment that 'The council has come a very long way in a very short space of time. I expect the council to deliver its recovery plan with the benefits this will bring to local residents and service users'.'
After more than three years challenging and demanding work as chief executive, Mr White has decided that he wants to move his career in a new direction and has accepted early retirement. He left a legacy which will be of key importance as Waltham Forest's performance and reputation continue to be improved in the years to come.
The leaders of the three main political parties have thanked Simon for his valuable contribution to the Borough. They have wished him well for the future.
Mr White said:
'Waltham Forest is no longer the poor authority it was 18 months ago. I have every confidence that this will be recognised in our Performance Assessment this year. I am proud of my part in making this transformation which took place in particularly difficult circumstances. The new political leadership of the council has enabled the rate of improvement to accelerate and I am sure that Waltham Forest will achieve its ultimate objective of becoming an excellent authority.'
Jacquie Dean joined the council from the Audit Commission in October 2003 where she was an associate director. Previously she was assistant chief executive at Cardiff Council.
Mr Loakes added:
'It's business as usual. We will continue to focus on improving services. In Jacquie we have an able deputy chief executive who will ensure continuity in our improvement programme and all of our services. This is a very important year for the council and Jacquie will continue to build on our recent achievements.'
* Achieving high standards is what matters, not your authority's position in the league tables, Simon White argued in a recent LGC column.