The Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, Clare Marchant, is to leave the Council to become the new Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS.
Clare joined Worcestershire County Council in 2010 as the Council's Head of Change. Two years later she was appointed Assistant Chief Executive before becoming the Council's Chief Executive in 2014.
On announcing the news to staff today Clare Marchant said:
"I leave Worcestershire County Council in the hands of a brilliant team. Worcestershire is a council I have been proud to lead and I will miss those staff whom I have had the pleasure of working with and leading in our daily endeavour to do the best for the people of Worcestershire.
"In recent years we have benefited from over £100m of infrastructure investment. We have the fastest growing economy in England, significant innovation in our work with partners such as West Mercia Police, District Councils and our health colleagues. Together we have established a track record in delivering commercial and digital change on behalf of our residents.
"I am sad to be leaving but I am looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity of leading UCAS for the benefit of young people, working with education providers to ensure participation is widened, retention and satisfaction maximised and that the experience enriches and enables our young people to achieve their potential and make the best contribution to society and our economy they can."
Clare Marchant is expected to leave her position at the Council at the end of June. The arrangements for after her departure will be confirmed following next month's County Council elections.