The Bedford Independent can exclusively reveal that Bedford Borough Council, chief executive, Philip Simpkins, will be retiring in April 2021.
In his 30 year career in Bedford, he has held posts including director of finance and deputy chief executive at the county council.
He was appointed as Chief Executive of the newly formed Bedford Borough Council unitary authority in 2009.
Philip’s retirement follows a 43 year career in local government.
“It has been an honour to work with and for the people of Bedford Borough over the last 30 years,” said Philip.
“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.”
Mayor Dave Hodgson thanked Philip for his service to local government and his role in the borough achieving unitary status in 2009.
“His extensive background in finance has been invaluable as we sought to weather the challenges of austerity,” said the Mayor.
“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.
“...I wish him all the best for his retirement.”
Mr Simpkins will continue in post until April 2021, to enable the council to plan for the future.