THE FIRST AND ONLY black CEO of a London authority, Derrick Anderson, CBE, will quit Lambeth Council at the end of the year.
Mr Anderson was awarded a CBE for services to local government in 2003 and named Guardian Public Leader of the Year in 2012.
The council has not yet lined up a replacement – but expect to appoint the next CEO by the end of the year.
The successful candidate will be offered between £150k and £180k – considerably less than the hefty salary of nearly £230k Mr Anderson was paid last year.
Mr Anderson said: “I’ve spent nearly nine years at Lambeth and I am extremely proud of what we; citizens, councillors and staff have achieved.
“Lambeth is a fantastic place to work and an even better place to live – I’ve a great fondness for the borough I call home.
“This has been an extremely rewarding role but it is the right time for me to pursue my other passions. I’ve always been driven by an ambition to change the world – I believe I’ve been doing this in a small way in Lambeth – and I hope to build on this in tackling issues which matter not just locally but internationally. These are challenging times for all local authorities but I know that under Lib Peck’s leadership, Lambeth council and its residents are in good hands.”
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council said: “Over the last ten years Lambeth council has transformed its services and reputation and Derrick has played an extremely influential role in delivering those improvements. He leaves Lambeth in a much better place than when he started; and a borough known for its innovation and committed to opening up opportunity to all whilst ensuring fairness at the heart of our decision making. Derrick is rightly known for his principled and determined leadership and he will be very much missed.”