[C]umbria County Council has announced that its Chief Executive Diane Wood will take retirement next year from the end of February 2017.
Diane retires after 35 years in local government, having spent the last 8 years here in Cumbria.
Diane was appointed in August 2008 to the role of Director of Resources, took up the role of acting CEO in May 2013 and then was appointed permanently to the role of CEO in September 2013.
Commenting on Diane’s decision, the Council’s Leader Stewart Young said: “Diane has been a first class Chief Executive and it is without doubt our loss. Her personal style and strong leadership have helped steer Cumbria through some difficult times including helping us achieve millions of pounds of savings as a result of the government’s austerity agenda.
“She has helped to forge strong and closer working relationships with a wide range of partners bringing many people together to help achieve her overriding ambition of delivering better services to the people of Cumbria.
“I can only hope that we are lucky enough to secure another Chief Executive of her calibre. I am delighted that Diane has agreed to stay on until February to help us find the best person for the job going forward.”
Chief Executive Diane Wood added: “My decision to retire has not been taken lightly and whilst I am very sad to be leaving I am also looking forward to time with friends and family and maybe even some new challenges ahead. After 35 years in Local Government I hope you can see my commitment to public service has been solid and it has remained steadfast. I have enjoyed immensely the time if have spent here at the council and here working in Cumbria, and I believe that together we have achieved a lot for the people of Cumbria. But it is time now to move on and I look forward to helping Cumbria secure the very best Chief Executive it can, to take over when I retire next year.”