Chief executive to move on

Tue 27 October 2015, 5:01 pm

Ealing’s chief executive, Martin Smith, has announced that he will leave the council after six years in the job.

He said: "After much soul-searching and reflection, I’ve judged this to be the right time to leave the council, to go and try something different, as well as devoting more time to other interests that have taken something of a back seat.

“I've had a great six years here and I expect I could have easily enjoyed another six – it’s a wonderful borough to work for."

Smith will leave Ealing in the new year. An exact date has yet to be confirmed. 

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “Martin’s contribution to the council has been outstanding and I know that he will be missed greatly by staff and fellow councillors. It is easy to excel in times of plenty, but true leadership is needed in challenging times and we have been very lucky to have Martin at the helm.

“Martin’s reputation as one of local government’s most respected leaders is well-earned; he has surpassed our very high expectations and excelled as our chief executive. Although I am very sad he is leaving, I wish him every success in the future.”

The council will now start the process of recruiting a new chief executive.

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