Slough confirms CEO departure

Slough Council has confirmed that former Chief Executive Ruth Bagley has left the council.

The council gave her official departure date as the end of 2016, bringing to an end a row which has run since August 2016. Ms Bagley has held the top role for more than nine years.

She has overseen the introduction of several public/private partnerships including Slough Urban Renewal and has been instrumental in attracting inward investment and developing the borough’s strategic transport, business and educational infrastructure.

Ms Bagley said: “Slough is a town of tremendous opportunity and challenge and an example to others of how super-diversity can be an asset and a driver of prosperity.

“During my tenure the council has faced an immensely challenging financial position and I have been dedicated to maintaining frontline services and developing new ways of generating capacity for delivery; for example the creation of the Slough Urban Renewal and its delivery of housing and leisure infrastructure will benefit the borough for many years to come.

“I am enormously proud of the role I have played as chair of the Safer Slough Partnership and its success in Slough rising to the top of the league tables of comparable English authorities and becoming safer than our Thames Valley neighbours Oxford and Reading.

“I am also privileged to have chaired the cross-regional steering group which has brought the construction of a western rail link to Heathrow close to fruition.

“I wish every success to Slough.”

“Now is the right time for me to move on and I am very pleased that the stress of the last six months is resolved.”

Councillor Sohail Munawar, leader of the council, added: “The council wishes to thank Ms Bagley for a decade of service to the community in Slough. We wish Ms Bagley every success and hope she enjoys a happy and healthy future.”

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