Chief Executive Mel Barrett is to leave Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council later this year.

The announcement comes after Mel was appointed to the role of Chief Executive at Nottingham City Council today (Monday 18 May).

Mel, who has been chief executive at the borough council for five years, will continue to lead the council’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and recovery planning for the area in the coming months, before he is expected to take up his new role in September.

Mel said: “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for the last five years. I have seen how hard the staff work and how committed the councillors are to doing the best for the people they serve. Working together, this has allowed the council to achieve so much, and to continue to provide services which, time after time through our Residents’ Survey, people here tell us contribute to making Basingstoke and Deane a great place to live.”

Council Leader Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “Mel has been a tremendous support since I became Leader in May 2019. He has always navigated change and challenge well with a calmness that is a real strength. Residents are always at the heart of Mel’s thinking and he has built teams that react to their concerns. This is evident in the way that the council has focused on providing essential support to people, communities and businesses during the coronavirus crisis, as well as continuing to deliver frontline services.

“He will be a hard act to follow, but we now start the search for the next person to lead the officer team at our high performing council into the post-COVID-19 world, as we all work together to do our best to ensure the borough continues to thrive in the future.”

Following the announcement, councillors will consider arrangements for Mel’s replacement over the coming months.

Before joining the borough council, Mel was previously executive director of housing and regeneration at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, executive director of regeneration at Oxford City Council and director at the London Development Agency.