Hackney Council Chief Executive Tim Shields has announced that he will retire at the end of May following 13 years in the role and more than 40 years of public service.

Tim has worked for Hackney Council for nearly 19 years. He became Corporate Director of Finance and Resources in July 2002, before being appointed Interim Chief Executive in May 2007 and permanently in January 2008.

Throughout his time at Hackney, Tim has focused relentlessly on service improvement, identifying areas where resources are needed to accelerate the pace of change. Working closely with the Mayor and councillors, Tim has overseen dramatic improvements in Hackney’s service provision and reputation across the sector and in the community. His achievements include: 

  • Transforming the Council from one of the most poorly performing in the country to one of the best, being voted ‘Council of the past 20 years’ at the 2016 Local Government Chronicle Awards
  • Supporting the delivery of the 2012 London Olympic Games and securing its legacy, including the transformation of public transport, investment in the borough and jobs for local residents
  • Continuing to deliver first-class public services through sound and robust financial management, despite more than a decade of cuts to local authority budgets
  • Leading the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, working with partners to minimise the spread of the virus and ensure residents and businesses get the support they need

Tim is an accountant by background and has spent over 40 years in local government, working in Wandsworth, Epsom and Ewell, and Lambeth before joining Hackney Council in 2002.

Tim’s last day of service will be on 31 May 2021. Recruitment to a new Chief Executive will begin soon. 

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