North Somerset Council boss quits £180k-a-year job

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:38 23 March 2018

Mike Jackson.

Mike Jackson.

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North Somerset Council’s top bureaucrat will quit his lucrative job this summer, in favour of joining another authority.

Mike Jackson and Nigel AshtonMike Jackson and Nigel Ashton

Council chief executive Mike Jackson will leave his £186,000 annual financial package at the Town Hall behind in July, and is set to join Bristol City Council as its executive director of resources and head of paid service.

Mr Jackson has been in the role for nearly five years. Upon his appointment he told the Mercury his aim was to ‘continue the council’s ambitions for clear leadership, value-for-money services and affordable council tax’.

North Somerset leader Nigel Ashton is ‘disappointed’ Mr Jackson has chosen to leave.

Mr Jackson said: “I will have been at North Somerset for nearly five years and the time has flown by and been immensely rewarding.

“We have achieved a great deal over this period for the residents of North Somerset, in the face of unprecedented challenges. I’m hugely grateful for the support I have received from members and officers across the council.

“I’m now looking forward to a new challenge, in helping to drive Bristol’s ambitious vision around wider leadership of place, working with partners across Bristol on the One City Plan, as well as ensuring that the council is supported by strong and effective corporate services.”

Mr Jackson joined North Somerset in November 2013, and he scooped a £186,513 pay packet – including pension contributions – in 2016/17.

The authority says he played a played a pivotal role in ‘maximising jobs and economic opportunity for North Somerset’ in addition to promoting the ongoing regeneration of Weston-super-Mare.

Cllr Ashton said: “We’re a successful council and because of that success our officers do get poached by others.

“I’m glad we’ll still have the benefit of working with him as he takes on Bristol’s problems, and it will help our relationship with the combined authority. On a personal level I am sad to see him go.”

Bristol City Council is set to confirm his appointment next month, and Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “Mike has a track record of building strong, sustainable partnerships and holds a wealth of experience in local government.

“I am delighted he has accepted this offer and I hope members of the council consider him an appropriate choice to help us meet the ambitions we have for the city.”

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