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Lewisham Council Chief Exec steps down after 6 months
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30-10-2018 06:37 PM

It is reported that

Lewisham Council has announced chief executive Ian Thomas is stepping down at the end of the year, after only six months in the post.
This came after Lewisham Council decided to “take a new direction," a council spokesperson said.

“Ian Thomas was appointed by Lewisham Council before the last local elections under the previous administration,” they said.

“Since May 2018, the new administration in Lewisham has reviewed its ways of working. With no negative reflection on Ian, it has been decided to take a new direction and following a constructive dialogue with Ian, he has agreed to step aside from his role at the end of this year.

“The council and the Mayor of Lewisham wish Ian well in his future career and thank him for his contribution during his time as chief executive of Lewisham Council.”

Mr Thomas began the role in March, following a “rigorous selection process,” according to Lewisham Council documents, and was on an annual salary of between £175k and £185k.

His previous work includes improving Rotherham’s children services following a child sex exploitation scandal in 2014.

He was appointed to the role after Barry Quirk, who had been the council’s chief executive since 1994 but had been working part time since 2011, was appointed as chief executive for Kensington and Chelsea, following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

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03-11-2018 02:12 PM

I wonder how much the pay off was that no doubt will have been paid from public funds. Another fine mess at Lewisham, as the Mayor and CE didn't get on and the council tax payer presumably picks up the tab!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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05-11-2018 01:28 PM

You might find this link interesting:-

You can see the Information Commissioner's letter dated 4 September 2018 to the Chief Executive concerning Lewisham's information rights progress.

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30-12-2018 11:35 AM

Kingston Council have snapped up Lewisham's former Chief Executive!

And he has got an MBE.

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04-04-2019 09:03 AM

It is reported in Newsshopper that the cost of the sudden departure last year of Ian Thomas, the Chief Executive could amount to £100,000. The cost of his recruitment had been in the region of £33,000.

It is further reported that Daniel Eagan who had been elected as Mayor had found it difficult to work with Mr.Thomas. The Chief Executive's salary is reported as having been £185,000.

Clearly as Council Tax payers we are the ones who will have to pay for the inability of the council's staff to effectively work together.

HOW is anyone worth £185,000 per annum particularly when you are working in public office, and earn far more with less responsibility than the Prime Minister who earns significantly less?

I dread to think what other council officials salaries are, which we all pay for. In my opinion their should be a review of council salaries and all MUST be reduced.

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