Search

Town Hall boss who got Tower Hamlets through Lutfur Rahman crisis era has quit tonight

PUBLISHED: 18:49 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 01 July 2016

Town Hall restructure... resignation

Town Hall restructure... resignation

Archant

The man who steered Tower Hamlets council through its turbulent years under disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman has quit the once-controversial local authority in east London.

Tower Hamlets Council Tower Hamlets Council

Corporate director Stephen Halsey, in charge of running its Communities and Culture services, stepped down today as part of a restructuring of the authority, his place being taken over temporarily by the Town Hall’s chief executive.

“I am leaving the council by mutual agreement and under amicable circumstances,” he said. “I have considered the council’s need to restructure its senior management team.”

He then thanked the staff he had worked with over the past nine years for their “commitment, support and achievements”.

Tower Hamlets Chief Execurtive Will Tuckley takes over from Stephen Halsey Tower Hamlets Chief Execurtive Will Tuckley takes over from Stephen Halsey

His departure was agreed by the council’s General Purposes committee which met last night in private session on the seventh floor of the Town Hall.

A major restructuring of the council’s senior management is underway following the downfall of the Rahman administration which led to government commissioners setting up shop in the town hall to manage council spending.

Details are being revealed in the autumn, following a complete of a review of the council’s senior management by Chief Executive Will Tuckley, who is taking up Mr Halsey’s duties the meantime.

Will Tuckley... restructuring Tower Hamlets council [photo: David Tothill] Will Tuckley... restructuring Tower Hamlets council [photo: David Tothill]

Mr Tuckley said: “Steve has worked hard on the council’s priorities and I’m grateful for the contribution has made over the years and since my arrival here last year.”

Stephen Halsey, who joined the council in 2007, took the helm in stormy waters as the council’s interim Head of Paid Service in July, 2012, amid the crisis when Mayor Rahman locked horns with the majority Labour Party by refusing to fill the vacant chief executive post from the legal selection process after two years.

He kept things running beyond Rahman’s downfall—who was sacked as mayor by the High Court in April last year for election fraud and malpractice in public office—right through the transitional period after new mayor John Biggs took over.

Latest East London News Stories

07:00

Potentially life-saving breast cancer screening appointments for women in Tower Hamlets have been delayed due to a shortage of staff to carry out the service.

Congratulations to Mayor John Biggs for being re-elected as mayor and to all our Tower Hamlets Councillors.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

If you’re a tenant looking for a home in Tower Hamlets we have bad news - figures claim the borough has some of the highest rents in England.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Friday, June 15, 2018

They call her ‘Ma’am’ as they pass the new ‘super borough’ Tower Hamlets and Hackney police commander walking down the corridor to her office ready for the day’s action.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tower Hamlets Council is urging drivers to ditch their cars next Thursday in support of its ongoing Breathe Clean campaign.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Campaigners have warned that the council could fail to meet recycling targets if it doesn’t get more government money.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A council enforcement order to stop construction manufacturing work on an unregistered site that sprung up on the Isle of Dogs has been slapped on the owners—spelling victory for neighbours having to put up with noise and pollution all day.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now