Birmingham City Council’s Chief Executive has today announced that she will be stepping down from her role to take up a new position as Chief Executive of Christchurch City Council in New Zealand
Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward, paid tribute to Dawn Baxendale’s hard work over the past year since joining the council:
“Dawn is moving to New Zealand as the role in Christchurch is a unique work opportunity that she couldn’t pass-up and I’d like to wish her family well as they begin this exciting new chapter.
“When she joined the council 16 months ago we were entering a new phase in our improvement journey and, thanks in no small part to Dawn’s determination and tenacity, we have made significant steps forward. I know the team she is leaving behind will continue with that focus and build on the strong improvement foundations that have now been laid.
“In Dawn’s time as Chief Executive we have progressed in our preparations for the Commonwealth Games, launched the Clean Air Zone and seen improvements to children’s services for the first time in 10 years.”
Dawn Baxendale said: “I have had a wonderful time in Birmingham and want to thank everyone in the city and region who have made me feel welcome. I will be leaving behind a stronger senior officer team who have a broad depth of experience and knowledge, and I know are committed to continuing the council’s improvement journey.
“In particular I want to thank the partners in the city who have been so encouraging in welcoming me, and the council, back into important conversations to make the city the best it can be for citizens.
“The role in Christchurch is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it has been a dream for my family to live in New Zealand. I will watch the journey that Birmingham is on from afar and cannot wait to see, with the rest of the world, the amazing Games the city will put on in three years.”
The council will now start the process for replacing the Chief Executive.