Chief Executive of Westminster Council to retire
By londononline | Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 13:18
Mike More (57), Chief Executive of Westminster City Council, is to retire at the end of 2013.
He has been Chief executive of the authority since 2008, Mike is credited as one of the driving forces behind the Tri-borough partnership between Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Councils. The Tri-borough partnership, launched in 2011, has made multi-million pound savings and is now, according to Westminster Council, nationally regarded as a bench mark in delivering local authority services.
Joining Westminster Council as chief executive in April 2008, after having been Chief Executive since 2002 at Suffolk County Council he has overseen significant changes at Westminster, including the introduction of a new commissioning structure to deliver more efficient services. He also oversaw the successful management of the City during the 2012 Olympic games. His local Government career began at Cambridgeshire County Council in 1986 and he held a variety of roles, including head of finance.
The father of two said on the 24th April 2013: "The toughest and most rewarding role in my career has been to lead Westminster City Council through one of the most turbulent periods in local Government history. With the help of a hugely talented team, we have been able to set Westminster City Council on a course as one of the most progressive authorities in the country, despite a background of unprecedented financial hardship and uncertainty.
"The Triborough Partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea Councils has set a template for delivering services in an innovative and cost-effective way. I have no doubt the Triborough partners will continue to set the pace in this area for years to come."
Cllr Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster City Council, said: "Mike joined us with a reputation for strong leadership and vision and he has demonstrated those consistently at Westminster. His strategic vision has helped us to negotiate a uniquely challenging period in the public sector, and Mike leaves us with a bold vision for the future in place and a solid financial setting. The members and officers of this authority owe Mike a debt of gratitude, and I would like to thank him on their behalf."
Westminster City Council has already begun the search for a successor and the current Chief Executive will remain in post until December 2013.