North Somerset Council boss on the move to Bristol after quitting £180k job

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 April 2018

Mike Jackson.

Mike Jackson.


A new boss is being sought by North Somerset Council after its chief executive quit.

Mike Jackson will turn his back on a £186,000 yearly package with North Somerset in July.

Mr Jackson is set to join Bristol City Council as its executive director of resources and head of paid service.

North Somerset and its leader have hailed Mr Jackson’s contribution to the district while serving as its top officer.

Mr Jackson said: “I’ll have been at North Somerset for nearly five years and the time has flown by and been immensely rewarding.

“We have achieved a great deal over this period for the residents of North Somerset, in the face of unprecedented challenges. I’m hugely grateful for the support I have received from members and officers across the council.

“I’m now looking forward to 
a new challenge, in helping to drive Bristol’s ambitious vision around wider leadership, working with partners across Bristol on the One City Plan, as well as ensuring the council is supported by strong and effective corporate services.”

North Somerset leader Nigel Ashton is ‘disappointed’ Mr Jackson has chosen to leave.

Mr Jackson joined North Somerset in November 2013, and he scooped a £186,513 pay packet – including pension contributions – in 2016/17.

The authority says he played a pivotal role in ‘maximising jobs and economic opportunity for North Somerset’ in addition to promoting the ongoing regeneration of Weston.

Cllr Ashton said: “We’re a successful council and because of that success our officers do get poached by others.

“I’m glad we’ll still have the benefit of working with him as he takes on Bristol’s problems, and it will help our relationship with the combined authority.

“On a personal level I am sad to see him go.”

Bristol City Council will confirm his appointment next month, and Bristol’s mayor Marvin Rees said: “Mike has a track record of building strong, sustainable partnerships and holds a wealth of experience in local government.

“I am delighted he has accepted this offer and I hope members consider him an appropriate choice to help us meet the ambitions we have for the city.”

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