Theresa Grant is leaving after nine years to pursue ‘new opportunities’
Trafford council’s chief executive and a second senior officer have both resigned with immediate effect – weeks after a new Labour leadership took the helm at the town hall.
Theresa Grant – who since April has also been responsible for the borough’s clinical commissioning group – is leaving after nine years to pursue ‘new opportunities’.
Corporate director for transformation and resources, Joanne Hyde, is also leaving.
It is not yet clear when they are departing from the town hall or whether they have new roles lined up, but their resignations will leave Trafford with no permanent senior officer team.
Jill Colbert, currently the council’s director of children, families and wellbeing, will step in as interim chief executive but is already due to leave in the coming weeks for a new job in the north east.
Trafford Town Hall
Anthony Hassall from Salford CCG will become interim accountable officer at Trafford CCG.
Both resignations come less than two months after a bitterly-fought local election saw the Tories lose control over the authority after 14 years.
A few weeks afterwards Labour’s Andrew Western – who had been highly critical of a number of the council’s initatives in recent years, including plans to build on the green belt – confirmed he would be leading the council in a minority administration.
Of Theresa Grant’s resignation, he said: “On behalf of Trafford council I would like to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of Theresa during her time with the council.
“She has played a significant role in shaping the agenda to support the regeneration and growth of Trafford as well as the successful implementation of many initiatives to improve the services provided by the council, and for this we are very grateful.
“We would all like to wish Theresa every success in the future.”
Ms Grant said: “As chief executive of Trafford council and having worked at Trafford for the last nine years, I am enormously proud of the work we have done together to make Trafford one of the best councils in the country.
“Following the recent elections and the establishment of Trafford’s new administration and leader, it is now time for me to move on to new opportunities and I wish all of my friends and colleagues in Greater Manchester, at Trafford council, Trafford CCG and all of our residents and stakeholders the very best for the future and thank you all for your help and support over the last nine years.
“I wish you every success for the future.”
The departures mean that Trafford council effectively has no permanent senior officer corps at present.
Jill Colbert is imminently due to leave for a new job in Sunderland, while Richard Roe is the interim director of economic growth.
Of Joanne Hyde’s departure, Coun Western said: “On behalf of Trafford Council I would like to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of Joanne during her time with the Council.
A statement released on behalf of Ms Hyde – who was director of transformation for four years and HR director for four years prior to that – also said she believed it was now time to move on to ‘new opportunities and challenges’.
“Joanne wishes all of her friends and colleagues in Greater Manchester, at Trafford Council, Trafford CCG and all of our residents and stakeholders, the very best for the future,” it added.
“She expresses her thanks for your help and support over the last eight years and wishes you every success for the future.”