OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Coventry's 'Sir Humphrey' To Retire
City Council’s chief executive has announced that he is to stand
down from his position at the head of the authority next year.
Roxburgh, aged 57 next week, is to retire at the end of April
after 12 years with the council. He first announced that he would
retire in 2001 in January.
is hard to think that it is 12 years since I came to Coventry.
The time has flown and it has been a wonderful period in my
challenges, the successes, and the people I have worked with
have all contributed to making Coventry one of the best places
to be in local government.
there is always to move on and make way for new things, bother
for Coventry City Council and for me in my own life.
is rumoured that I am the longest-serving Chief Executive of any
metropolitan authority, and it feels right at the this tie that
I move on and allow an opportunity for new talent and fresh
ideas to take Coventry further forward.
have no immediate plans but I do know I am looking forward to
having enough time to please myself. The prospect of time that
had not been booked or allotted months in advance is very
Roxburgh, a civil engineer by training, and a former councillor in
the London Borough of Brent, has contributed to national policy on
several occasions, most recently on the New Deal.
is chair of the University of Warwick research consortium on
leadership, and has been clerk to the West Midlands Passenger
council leader Cllr Nick Nolan said:
has served Coventry well and with integrity for more than a
decade. He has steered the authority through good and
occasionally bad times and has been instrumental in many of the
developments that have drawn the authority national praise.
has worked continually to develop and sustain the council’s
community leadership role in the city, and has worked with
local, regional and national partners to bring economic and
social benefits to our city.
will now begin the process of ensuring that the next holder of
this post will also be fully committed to Coventry, its council,
its people and its future.”