Barking and Dagenham Council chief exec resigns

Barking and Dagenham Council’s boss is to step down after almost seven years in the role.

The council announced the departure of chief executive Chris Naylor on September 21, saying it marked “the end of a remarkable chapter”.

As chief executive, he oversaw operations at the council from 2014 after joining from Barnet Council, focusing on attracting investment to the borough and improving community engagement.

Mr Naylor will join public service consulting firm Inner Circle Consulting when he leaves the council at Christmas time.

The council said that in the six and a half years since he took on the role of chief executive, the borough has seen increased investment and housing delivery, reduced homelessness, and improved community participation.

Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said that the outgoing chief executive had made a great contribution to the development of the borough over the past few years.

He said: “We have already secured brand new film studios, the three markets of London, and new opportunities from growth thanks to our own development company, Be First.

“This is on top of a modern university (CULondon), UCL Pearl research laboratory, and more recently, the Thames Freeport.

“Chris has played a vital role in helping us grow as an organisation. We wish him all the very best with his new role delivering innovative public service transformation for leaders and their communities across the UK.”

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Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter