HARTLEPOOL Borough Council’s acting chief executive has handed in her notice to take up a new role within the NHS.
Nicola Bailey is leaving to join the NHS as managing director of North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.
The 47-year-old has been acting chief executive since last August following the retirement of previous chief executive Paul Walker last August.
Mrs Bailey, a mum-of-four, said: “This new role offers me the opportunity to do something completely different with my career.
“I have worked for the NHS in my early career and the post gives me the opportunity to be involved with a brand new organisation from its inception through to its ongoing development, at the same time as offering me with a significant professional and personal challenge.
“At heart I am committed to working in services that focus on people and being able to do that within the NHS whilst still working with local government was an opportunity I felt I could not miss.
“I have been with Hartlepool Council for six and a half years and can honestly say this has been the most enjoyable time in my career. Hartlepool is a great town, local people are so passionate about it and I fully believe it has a bright future despite the financial pressures facing the Council and the town in general.”
Mrs Bailey joined the authority in late 2005 from Redcar and Cleveland Council as director of adult and community services and in August 2009 was appointed director of child and adult services when a restructure saw departments reduce from five to three.
Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “Nicola Bailey has been an outstanding officer since she joined Hartlepool Council and has always been a very influential member of our senior management team.
“I can understand the reasons why she wants to take on a fresh and different challenge at this stage of her career and I wish her well.”
A council meeting will take place tomorrow to start the process to appoint a new chief executive.