North Lincolnshire Council’s chief executive, Denise Hyde, has announced her intention to retire from her role later this year.
In a statement Denise said: “It has been a very difficult decision to make as I work alongside so many talented people who are passionate about making a positive difference for our communities.”
Denise has been in the top job for almost five years, having previously been director of children and adults. She has worked for the authority since it was formed in 1996.
She added: “It has been an absolute privilege to be chief executive at this authority and be part of an incredible council team dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for residents.
“The council is in a very strong position to deliver its set ambitions and priorities for the future, and I am proud of all that has been achieved.
“I would like to thank colleagues, elected members and partners for all their support over the years.”
Cllr Rob Waltham MBE, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Denise is an inspirational leader, she has transformed the organisation and refined the way the council delivers for residents across North Lincolnshire.
“As director of children and adults previous to taking the role of chief executive she created outstanding services. Those high standards have been built upon even further.
“She has played a prominent role with local partners as well as regional and national colleagues, it has been a great pleasure to work with her. Denise is a valued colleague and will be missed by the many people who have worked alongside her.
“Her strong and intuitive leadership led the organisation through the many challenges of the pandemic and placed us on a path to recovery. Whatever she chooses to do next, I know she will be fantastic.”
Len Foster, opposition leader, said: “Denise’s influence and belief in the delivery of local services through collective working has taken North Lincolnshire to a place many admire today.
“I wish her the best for the future. I’m sure there is still a role for Denise in some form.”
The council will now begin the process to recruit a new chief executive.