Westminster city Council have announced the departure of chief executive, Charlie Parker. Mr Parker is taking up the role of Chief Executive and Head of the Civil Service for the British Crown Dependency of the States of Jersey.
Council leader Nickie Aiken issued the following statement:
"I wanted to let you know that it will shortly be announced that our Chief Executive Charlie Parker has been appointed as Chief Executive and Head of the Civil Service for the British Crown Dependency of the States of Jersey.
Charlie’s successful appointment to this exciting new role sadly means that he will be leaving the council after three and a half years’ outstanding service to Westminster City Council. Charlie has very kindly agreed to stay until the end of December. He will oversee a number of key Council priorities including the budget plans for 2018/19 and the TiF Bid for Oxford Street.
In order to provide continuity to the organisation, and having consulted the Cabinet and the Leader of the Minority Party, it is my intention to ask Stuart Love to be Deputy to Charlie from the beginning of September and shadow him for the rest of this year, alongside continuing his current Executive Director role, and then take on the role of Acting Chief Executive from 1stJanuary 2018 until a permanent appointment is made.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Charlie for his tremendous contribution to the council and to the entire City of Westminster. He has overseen significant progress and change within the council, both in meeting the council’s budget pressures and establishing new ways of working. Charlie has also been an integral part of the council’s relationship with external partners and stakeholders, most notably through the formation of the successful West End Partnership.
On accepting his new role, Charlie said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I have made the decision to leave my role as Chief Executive of Westminster City Council – the most exciting job in UK local government. It has been a privilege to work with the finest talent at the country’s leading local authority. I have met some amazing members of staff who work tirelessly for the people of Westminster. This is the most dynamic and diverse city in the world and I have enjoyed every challenge that it has thrown up during my time here.”
Charlie has been a great support to me since I became Leader in January and I wish him the very best for the future in his new role."