Gainsborough

West Lindsey District Council chief executive to step down from role

West Lindsey District Council chief executive Manjeet Gill has decided to take early retirement from the role she has held over seven years.

The council chief has said that losing her son unexpectedly in 2016, combined with delivering the Local Plan and seeing the proposed Greater Lincolnshire devolution deal fall apart, has meant that she is looking to move on.

She said: “I have been fortunate to work with talented councillors, staff and partners to shape a council that has broken the mould to become more entrepreneurial and outward looking, to save RAF Scampton and Trinity Arts Centre from closure; improve health services and secure multi million pound funding with our many partnership teams.

“The highlights personally are seeing community groups such as X Church funded to help some of the most vulnerable adults and young people in partnership with mental health services and supporting communities with local facilities including over thirty two neighbourhood plans.

“Losing my son unexpectedly last year has made me reflect upon my priorities after seven years at West Lindsey.

“Now that the Local Plan is delivered and the devolution partnership ceasing, the current circumstances have been opportune to allow me to step down with the council’s support and build upon this experience for the next stage of my career which must include more time with my remaining family.”

Leader of the council Jeff Summers added: “Manjeet has taken us on a journey from a council where the Audit Commission was raising questions about its governance to one that is not only financially stronger by being more entrepreneurial, but most importantly more inspirational and able to develop successful partnerships.

“Her energy, resilience and most importantly relentless ambition for the district will be missed.

“I am grateful that she returned to work so fast when we were in the middle of our devolution negotiations after her personal tragedy last year.

“I also respect her judgment in deciding to step down now as I agree that it is the right time for the council.”