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Rugby Borough Council leader resigns

Cllr Craig Humphrey

Cllr Craig Humphrey

Rugby Borough Council leader Craig Humphrey has announced his resignation.

He has been appointed managing director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Clearing House with effect from September 1.

The appointment means that Cllr Humphrey will resign as both leader of the council and as a councillor on August 31.

The position of leader of the council is appointed by the full council which will meet next on September 23 unless a special meeting is called.

Cllr Derek Poole will assume the leader’s responsibilities in the interim.

Cllr Humphrey is a ward councillor for Bilton.

Once he has resigned on August 31, a by-election will be called if requested by two or more electors from Bilton.

Cllr Humphrey has been leader of Rugby Borough Council since 2002.

In 2010 he took on an “enhanced leader” role when the council decided not to replace its chief executive.

Cllr Humphrey said: “The flagship Clearing House business support service is a key part of the City Deal and I’m very pleased to be taking such a key role. While I’m sad to be moving on from Rugby Borough Council it is clear that I won’t now be able to give the council the attention that the role deserves. I’m looking forward to achieving results for the whole of Coventry and Warwickshire, just as I have for the borough of Rugby.

“This job needs someone with a strong track record of delivering growth, and I’m determined to continue what I’ve started.”

Craig’s role as managing director of the Clearing House will see him take a leading role in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP)’s City Deal. The deal is expected to create over 15,000 jobs by 2025.

Cllr Derek Poole, deputy leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We have much to thank Craig for during his time at Rugby Borough Council. The council and the borough have been transformed and made stronger and more resilient. Craig has shown an ability to understand how businesses work and what they need to help them to grow, expand and invest.

“These are skills he will use in his new role, however, I’m pleased that they won’t be entirely lost to us as he supports businesses across the wider sub-region.

“We have a clear ambition to deliver physical and economic growth for the benefit of our businesses and residents, and I’m sure that will not change once Craig moves on. As deputy leader I will make sure that this council continues to deliver excellent services until a replacement is appointed.”

The position of Leader of the Council is appointed by the full council which will meet next on September 23 unless a special meeting is called. Cllr Derek Poole will assume the Leader’s responsibilities in the interim.

Cllr Humphrey is a ward councillor for Bilton. Once he has resigned, a by-election will be called if requested by two or more electors from Bilton.

 
 
 

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