Managing director to leave Reading Council
by Marco Cillario Thu 7 April 2016, 12:50 pm
Reading Council managing director Ian Wardle is to leave his position, it has been announced.
Wardle informed the council on 22 March 2016 of his decision to accept the position of group chief executive at housing association Thirteen Group. He is expected to start his new role in July.
He said: "This has been a hugely difficult decision for me. I had not been looking to leave Reading but I have been offered a role that is, for me and my family, a once in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I will be returning to work in my native north-east and to the housing sector, which is where I started my working life and is something I remain passionate about.”
Hailing from Sunderland, Wardle joined Reading Council in February 2013 from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, where he was director of regeneration.
"I have been with Reading for three rewarding years, during which time I have worked with some great folk who are meeting the challenge and want to make a difference every day,” he continued.
“Over the next few weeks and months it is business as usual and I will be working with colleagues to ensure there is a smooth handover."
Council leader Jo Lovelock thanked Wardle for his work during his time in Reading, saying: "Ian joined us at a challenging time for all local authorities. In that time he has helped to drive through more than £60 million worth of savings and efficiencies.
"While we are obviously sorry to lose Ian, at the same time I would like to congratulate him for securing a position close to his home which he obviously felt he could not turn down. I am certain he will be as successful in his new role as he has been here."
Plans to find a successor to Wardle and interim arrangements will be agreed over the next few weeks.