At last night’s meeting of full council, AVDC members confirmed that the role of AVDC Chief Executive is to be made redundant, ahead of the formation of Buckinghamshire Council in April 2020. Members recognised that the role of the Chief Executive will diminish over the coming months and agreed that the post holder, Andrew Grant, will leave AVDC on 31 July 2019 after 13 years of service.
Council Leader Angela Macpherson paid tribute to Mr Grant’s achievements and said: “Andrew has been an inspirational and motivational Chief Executive and his passion has been essential in transforming AVDC into one of the most highly regarded councils in the country. On behalf of the council, I thank him for his work and wish him well in the future.”
Announcing the decision to AVDC staff, Andrew Grant said: “I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved together. We’ve transformed our services, saved taxpayers money and earned an international reputation for innovation. It has been an honour to lead a team of high-quality, motivated staff who have always placed customers at the forefront of delivery.”
In preparation for Mr Grant’s departure, the legally-required roles of Head of Paid Service and Returning Officer for elections will transfer to the two existing Executive Directors, Andrew Small and Tracey Aldworth respectively. To allow for full handover and smooth transition, the transfer of duties will be from 31 May 2019.
Mr Grant will receive a contractual payment of £199,809 in accordance with standard AVDC compulsory redundancy terms, based on seniority, salary and period of service. Members were advised that 31 July 2019 is after Mr Grant’s 60th birthday, meaning no additional pension contribution is payable by AVDC and therefore making the cost to the council considerably lower than could otherwise have been the case. They also noted that Mr Grant’s payment would be the same whether he leaves on the 31 July 2019 or 31 March 2020 but making the post redundant earlier will save taxpayers approximately £88,000 in salary and benefits.