Leader’s praise as Chief Executive announces he is leaving for pastures new

Published July 12, 2019 at 16:05

The Council’s Chief Executive Stuart Sugarman has announced he will leaving Rossendale for a Managing Director role within the NHS in Yorkshire.

Stuart is departing after 10 years with the Council, the last 4 ½ as Chief Executive.

He said:

“I am very sorry to be leaving as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working here. I have greatly valued working for the Council over the last 10 years. It was a real tough decision but it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I believe that in partnership with Councillors, a great team of Officers, and external partners we have achieved a lot. I was set the task of bringing about regeneration and transformation in the borough, and this can be clearly seen with the regeneration of Spinning Point and New Hall Hey in Rawtenstall; the £2m THI in Bacup, the £2m THI in Bacup, improvements to Rawtenstall market, our Invest in Rossendale project, the regeneration of Albert Mill/Sunnyside site, and the £5.85m cycleway which travels all the way through Rossendale,

“I am proud of the work we have done in Haslingden through the Haslingden Taskforce and we hope to secure funding to build on the work there.

I am also pleased with the work we have done to improve our parks such as Stubbylee Park and Victoria Park in Haslingden. I believe our parks are some of the best in the region.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes, said:

“I would like to thank Stuart for the work he has done over the past 10 years and wish him well in the future. We have worked well together delivering a number of high profile projects throughout the borough. Like other public bodies the Council has faced tough times because of government cuts but the ambition and determination to improve the borough has won through. Rossendale is a place on the up and Stuart has been instrumental in improving our great borough.

“He leaves behind a strong and committed team of officers, staff and Councillors who will work together to build a bright future for Rossendale.”

The Council will be shortly advertising for a new Chief Executive to replace Stuart.

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