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Philip Simpkins, Bedford Borough Council Chief Executive Announces Decision To Retire

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive at Bedford Borough Council has announced that he will be stepping down from the role in April 2021.

Philip has worked in local government for 43 years and for Bedford Borough Council since 1990, having previously held posts including Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive before being appointed as Chief Executive of the newly formed unitary authority in 2009.

Philip Simpkins said “It has been an honour to work with and for the people of Bedford Borough over the last 30 years.  After significant consideration I have decided that the time is right to move on as plans are put in place to move us out of the global pandemic and as we approach the midway point in the council election cycle.

“I would like to thank all Elected Members, staff and the very many stakeholders I have worked with over the years at Bedford Borough Council.  I will continue working alongside the Mayor and councillors as we move to address the significant financial pressures facing the Council.”

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough said “I’d like to thank Philip for his considerable service to local government and in particular for his work and achievements in Bedford Borough. Philip was the first Chief Executive of this unitary authority and a key player in leading us to achieve the unitary status in 2009. His extensive background in finance has been invaluable as we sought to weather the challenges of austerity. His influence and input didn’t stop at Bedford Borough though. He is well known across local government, being one of the longest running Chief Executives in the East of England. Philip will continue working ahead of his departure but I wish him all the best for his retirement.”

Philip will continue in post until April 2021, to enable the council to plan for the future.