WORCESTER City Council Managing Director Sheena Ramsey has revealed she is set to leave the Guildhall to become Chief Executive of Gateshead Council.
Ms Ramsey will leave at the end of February after a 16 month spell at the helm which began in August 2015 when she succeeded Duncan Sharkey.
The outgoing Managing Director said she had taken the difficult decsion with a ‘heavy heart’ and explained the move was for personal reasons.
“I will be starting a new job in the North East of England, where I will be closer to my family,” she said.
“I am proud of my time with Worcester City Council and of all the staff who deliver such excellent services for this beautiful city.
“We have developed a very exciting new City Plan and begun the vital process of transforming the council to make it even more efficient for the future.
“I want to thank all the members of the council and all the officers for making my time here enjoyable and successful and I want to wish them all the very best of luck for the future.”
Council leader Coun Adrian Gregson, said: “I am very sorry to see Sheena go. She has proved to be an excellent Managing Director for the Council, but I fully understand her reasons for leaving.
“We will begin the process to recruit a new Managing Director very shortly.
“In the meantime, the council will continue its priorities to deliver the ambitions of the City Plan and achieve savings of £2million over the next three to five years,” he added.