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West's smallest council names new chief exec

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 05, 2013

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The regional head of a Government department has been named as the new chief executive of the Westcountry's smallest local authority.

Theo Leijser was appointed the permanent chief executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly this week replacing interim chief executive Barry Keel. The permanent vacancy became available on the council following the early retirement of former chief executive Philip Hygate.

The former recipient of £110,000-a-year salary, reportedly received a £200,000 pay out after retiring amid rows about his management style and the treatment of Five Islands School headteacher Bryce Wilby.

Mr Leijser currently works as head of South West Growth Delivery Team for the Department of Communities and Local Government.

He said he was excited by the potential of the role.

He said: "I am delighted by my appointment. I am very much looking forward to working with all my colleagues and the community in building an organisation that provides quality services. It is a real opportunity for me to continue to contribute towards the heritage of the islands as well as their social, environmental and economic wellbeing."

Chairman of the council, Amanda Martin, said the new chief executive had joined the council at an exciting but challenging time.

She said: "We are delighted to welcome Theo as our new chief executive. It was a unanimous decision of the selection panel and that was also unanimously confirmed by the whole council. He brings a wealth of experience in leading organisations through change and development and has an extensive knowledge of the Isles of Scilly and the issues we face."

Mr Leijser, who doesn't currently live on the isles, is expected to take up his role in the New Year.

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  • josdave  |  November 05 2013, 8:51AM

    The former recipient of £110,000-a-year salary, reportedly received a £200,000 pay out after retiring amid rows about his management style and the treatment of Five Islands School headteacher Bryce Wilby. Payout for failure again. This is a recurring theme in councils these days and should be stopped. And why should a council as small as this have a CEO? Waste of taxpayers money.

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