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Council’s Deputy Chief Executive in York announces retirement

York city council

2:54pm 6th March 2012

City of York Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of City Strategy, Bill Woolley, has announced his intention to retire in the early summer.

Bill has worked for the City of York Council for 16 years, since its inception as a Unitary authority in 1996. His contribution and achievements in and for York are evident in the very landscape and fabric of the city.

The Millennium Bridge, Foss Islands Shopping centre, Hungate development, and now West Offices will be part of his legacy. Bill also played a very significant role in The Future York report which defined a new agenda for economic growth and strengthened relationships with the private sector.

Bill Woolley, said:

“Working for a city which I know so well and love has been a real privilege for me over so many years.

"York is such a special place and at the same time such an exciting place and helping to shape its future has been very rewarding.

"I am also leaving at a time when the city is in good shape, in good hands and looking well for the future and so now is a good time for me to go and enjoy other things.”

Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said:

“Bill has been an invaluable support to me, particularly when I arrived new in post and new to York in 2009.

"His extensive knowledge and understanding of the city helped me to establish myself with key organisations and people outside the council.

"I am indebted to him and will miss him as a colleague.”

Councillor James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council, said:

“Bill has made a fantastic contribution to the city over the past 16 years and his presence at the council will certainly be missed.

"At all levels he has worked at for the authority he’s made a real difference and I know he is well regarded by his staff, which is testament to his standing and professionalism in the council. 

"I wish him all the best in his retirement.”

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