The Chief Executive of Brent Council is to step down after reportedly disagreeing with the Leader.
Brent’s Chief Executive, Gareth Daniel is to leave the council imminently. He has been at Brent council for 26 years, including 14 years as Chief Executive. A council statement says that he “has led the council through an enormous amount of positive change and was the driving force behind the council’s decision to build a new Civic Centre in Wembley”, and that “he is a highly respected senior officer across London and beyond and will be greatly missed by the organisation and its partners”.
It has been reported that his departure is the result of a row between him and the leader, Cllr Mohammed Butt.
The council will now begin the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive which is likely to take several months, an external interim Chief Executive is likely to be appointed in the next few weeks who would remain in place until a permanent replacement is found. Fiona Ledden, Director of Legal and Procurement will deputise in the meantime.