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Search begins for new Chief Executive

Chief Executive Nick Carter announces retirement

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The search has started for a new Chief Executive to lead West Berkshire Council.

Recruitment has begun this week following a decision by the current Chief Executive, Nick Carter, to retire in August after 23 years with the Council.

The new Chief Executive will join West Berkshire Council at a time when it is planning a post-Covid recovery and looking to shape the district to seize the benefits and tackle the challenges that the changes over the past twelve months have brought with it. The Council is looking for someone who is a visionary, ambitious individual to deliver the aspirations of the Council - including on economic growth, employment opportunities, protecting the most vulnerable and providing safe towns.

Councillor Lynne Doherty, Leader of the Council, said:

"This is an exciting time to join the Council as we look to the future and how the district recovers from coronavirus. The Chief Executive will take this forward, continuing our transformation programme and helping shape how the district and our communities develop in the coming years. We want to do this in conversation with residents and together make West Berkshire an even greater place to live, work and learn."

"Although we are not losing Nick quite yet, I would like to express my sincere thanks to him for everything he has done for the Council and our communities over the past two decades. His leadership of the Council and the work he has done with our partners and our communities to help develop West Berkshire in that time has been invaluable. There will be many people who, like me, will be sad to see him go but we do of course wish him the very best for his retirement."

Speaking about his decision to retire, Chief Executive Nick Carter said:

"As some colleagues have been aware for a while it was always my intention to retire when I reached my 60th birthday which I will do in August this year. It will provide an opportunity for me to do some different things but also for someone new to take the Council forward alongside the Council's Executive.

"It has been both a pleasure and an honour to have worked for the Council over the past 23 years, 16 of them as Chief Executive. I was instantly attracted to both the place and its people when I arrived in 1997 and it is one of the main reasons why I chose to stay.

"The past year has been a particular challenge but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Council staff and Members for their support, and in particular all of the communities, partners and groups that have once again demonstrated through their actions what a great place West Berkshire is. I sincerely hope that 2021 marks the start of something better."

More information about the role is available online: https://join-westberks.com/