Chief Executive to leave Royal Borough of Kingston

Bruce McDonald, Chief Executive, is to leave the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Bruce McDonald, 61, joined RBK in 1980 as a Personnel Officer, became a Director in 1991 and was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2000.

He said: "It’s never going to be easy to leave a job I love, but it is time to go. Kingston is a brilliant place and I have been privileged to work with dedicated and innovative colleagues, committed Members and collaborative partners. I have huge pride in what has been achieved in Kingston over my 35 years here, particularly in the more than 15 years as Chief Executive."

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council, said:

"I have known Bruce for many years and consider him a friend. During his time as Chief Executive he has led the authority with quiet dignity and seen many fine achievements. He has always put Kingston first and ensured that we remain one of the best local authorities in the country - we have much to thank him for. He has a record he can be proud of, but no one can go on forever. Bruce has agreed that as Kingston moves into a new era it is time for new long term leadership. He leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future."

Interim CEOs appointed at Kingston Council

Following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Bruce McDonald, Kingston Council have announced interim management arrangements which will come into effect from Tuesday 1 December.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council said:

"I have asked Leigh Whitehouse (Director of Finance) and Roy Thompson (Director of Place) to jointly take on the role of interim Chief Executive whilst we begin the search for a new Chief Executive. They will alternate the role of Head of Paid Service during this period of interregnum.

"We will immediately begin considering what long-term management we need in place to take us forward."