News release from 21/02/2019

Retirement of South Cambridgeshire District Council Chief Executive

South Cambridgeshire District Council has announced that, Beverly Agass, the Chief Executive, is retiring from her post.

Beverly Agass, who became Chief Executive of the Council in July 2017, has been working closely with the new Liberal Democrat administration elected in May 2018 as it establishes its programme.

At a Full Council meeting today (Thursday 21 February) Councillors agreed Mrs Agass leaving the Council with early access to her local government pension. In order for this to happen, the Council will be contributing circa £202,500 into the Local Government Pension Scheme towards the cost of early retirement.

Beverly Agass said: “I have very much enjoyed my time at South Cambridgeshire District Council. I am proud to be leaving such a fantastic team in place which is so motivated to serve our residents. I successfully supported the new administration in defining its programme and initiating the change process to enable that. I believe it is now the right time for me to hand over to a new person to lead the organisation on the next stage of its journey.”

Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Bridget Smith, said: “I want to thank Beverly for her commitment and work at South Cambs over the past two years. She was appointed by the Council in July 2017 and I would especially like to thank her for her support in managing the transition to the new Liberal Democrat administration in May 2018. The Council has an ambitious agenda, and this will require a change to the way the organisation is structured and led. The Council’s business plan and detailed budget is being considered and now is the right time for new leadership to manage the implementation phase. I am very grateful to Beverly for enabling this transition. Beverly has had an impressive career in local government and she deserves to enjoy her well-earned retirement.”

At the meeting, Councillors also agreed interim arrangements for the position of Chief Executive. The Council’s current Director of Health and Environmental Services, Mike Hill, will take up the role on an interim basis until a new Chief Executive is appointed.