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Bexley Council chief executive to step down from £166k-a-year role over ‘changing personal circumstances’

PUBLISHED: 14:17 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 09 July 2018

The event took place to mark International Women's Day. Picture: Bexley Council

The event took place to mark International Women's Day. Picture: Bexley Council

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The chief executive of Bexley Council has announced she is quitting due to “changing personal circumstances”.

Gill Steward, who joined the council in 2016, will step down on August 31.

Ms Steward is leaving the £166,383 role just months after the Conservatives won the local election.

The council refused to comment on whether Ms Steward was working her full notice period, or whether she was receiving any financial payments as she steps down.

A council spokesman said: “Due to a change in her personal circumstances, Gill asked to step down from her role in Bexley.

“The leader of the Council, having just won a significantly increased majority and with an ambitious manifesto to deliver agreed that it was in the best interests of all parties that new leadership arrangements be put in place.”

As Chief Executive, Ms Stewart oversees the direction of council, supporting the leader and the authority.

She said: “I’m very sad to be leaving Bexley but it is the right decision for me and for the new administration.

“I look forward to seeing the ambitious strategies and plans to which I have contributed improving the lives and opportunities of people in Bexley.”

The council’s growth strategy, which involves 31,000 homes, was signed off under Ms Steward, and has been a flagship agenda for the authority.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Teresa O’Neill, OBE, said: “I thank Gill for the positive contribution and difference she has made to Bexley during her time as Chief Executive.

“She leaves Bexley in a strong place to deliver on our ambitious programme over the next 4 years.”

Paul Moore, the deputy chief executive, will take over the role on a temporary basis.

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