Chief executive role ‘the pinnacle of my career’

Hartlepool Borough Council's new chief executive Dave Stubbs is looking forward to the challenge
Hartlepool Borough Council's new chief executive Dave Stubbs is looking forward to the challenge

HARTLEPOOL Borough Council’s new chief executive has described the role as the “pinnacle” of his career.

Dave Stubbs, born and bred in Hartlepool, was last night confirmed as chief executive at a meeting of the full council and he is already looking to make his mark.

The 64-year-old, who lives in town with partner Carol, said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and this really is the pinnacle of my career in local government.

“This is the best job in town.”

He said the main challenge is the financial outlook, with the council facing further budget cuts as a result of national spending cuts and in total, between 2013 and 2017, the local authority has to save between £18m and £20m from its £91m budget.

Mr Stubbs said: “The cuts by this and previous Governments are getting harsher and more stringent.

“In the past there was always some light at the end of the tunnel, but we are struggling to see that with current Government policy.

“The challenge for us is to keep services going to the excellent level they are at for as long as we can, but accept the fact that some services will disappear.”

He described the council’s workforce as “outstanding”, encouraged councillors to work together for the “good” of Hartlepool and warned residents there are further “difficult” times ahead.

Mr Stubbs, the former director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, joined the local authority in 1971 as a work study engineer in the former municipal buildings.

During that time he had the job of helping to organise the Queen’s visit to Hartlepool in July 1977.

He then went into administration and worked as a committee clerk before moving on to senior principal committee clerk.

In 1991, Mr Stubbs became contract services manager before working his way up, becoming director of neighbourhoods in 2006 and in 2009 he became director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, a position he has held since.

He takes over the reins from Nicola Bailey, who had been acting chief executive since last August following the retirement of Paul Walker.

Mr Stubbs said: “We have worked very closely over the past year and I hope to be able to continue in the same vein with everybody in the management team working together.

“I have worked under four chief executives, all of whom had their different strengths, but I can say I have enjoyed working with Nicola the most.”

Mr Stubbs’ uncle was former Labour councillor Bill Iseley, who served the town for 44 years and passed away in September 2009, and the new chief executive said he would have been “extremely proud” of his nephew’s achievements.