High flyer to join council

IT will be all change at the top as Stevenage Borough Council s chief executive of 10 years steps down. Ian Paske will retire at the end of March. He has been with the council for 35 years, starting as principal accountancy assistant and working his way u

IT will be all change at the top as Stevenage Borough Council's chief executive of 10 years steps down.

Ian Paske will retire at the end of March.

He has been with the council for 35 years, starting as principal accountancy assistant and working his way up to the top job.

He has lived in Stevenage with his wife Ellie since 1973.


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Mr Paske said: "I am proud of my long association with Stevenage and have enjoyed both working and living in the town.

"The role of chief executive has been challenging and immensely satisfying and I must thank the councillors for their support and our staff for their hard work and loyalty.

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"Stevenage is a well-regarded and successful council and after years of detailed preparation and planning stands on the brink of major development and regeneration.

"It is an exciting prospect and one which I shall watch with great interest from the sidelines."

His replacement will be Peter Ollis, who has worked for South Bedfordshire District Council as strategic director of corporate services since 2005.

He spent 25 years in the RAF as a pilot, flying instructor, and later station commander and director of logistics for the RAF's large-aircraft fleets.

He has two grown up daughters and lives in Leighton Buzzard with his partner, Christianne, who is a defence analyst in Whitehall.

Mr Ollis said: "Stevenage Borough Council has an excellent reputation for dedicated staff and councillors who provide a broad range of quality services for residents.

"Stevenage is about to enter an exciting growth phase and the regeneration of the town centre offers some marvellous opportunities.

"It is a great time to join Stevenage and I look forward to working with staff, councillors, partners and the community to improve things for local people.

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