This is the last article I will ever publish on this blog.

It’s a goodbye article…not because I’m fed up of blogging. Far from it.

It’s because – after six enjoyable and exciting years at Wrexham – I’m leaving to take up the role of chief executive at Walsall Council.

When I first started this blog four years ago, I was a bit nervous.

I wanted to write about some of the good things happening in Wrexham. And the challenges and opportunities faced by public sector leaders across the UK.

But putting my thoughts and ideas ‘out there’ was something I hadn’t done before, so it felt a bit strange.

But it’s been a really rewarding experience.

And when I look back at the various articles I’ve posted, it reminds me of the deep bond I’ve formed with this place.

A deep impression

When I came to Wrexham I was a stranger. I didn’t know anybody, and nobody knew me.

As I leave the council, and eventually we move as a family, I feel like I belong – like I’m part of the place – and it’s because of the people I’ve worked with.

Their commitment to Wrexham, and the way we’ve worked together despite the intense financial challenges, has made a deep impression on me.

I’m really excited about my new role in Walsall, but I’m also sad to leave Wrexham Council and ultimately Wrexham County Borough.

It’s been my privilege to work with colleagues, partners and councillors, and to serve local people. I really think Wrexham is a wonderful place.

And if you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, and learning about some of the good things going on here, you should keep tabs on Wrexham Council News.

I won’t forget about Wrexham. I hope you won’t either.

My top six articles…

If you’ve got five minutes to spare and fancy another read, here are my six favourite articles on this blog…