Clare Marchant to leave Worcestershire County Council

In correspondence with colleagues she says:

"Dear colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that after 7 years at Worcestershire County Council, I will be leaving to take up the position of Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS.

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 our residents.

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 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.

My leaving date is to be confirmed but it is likely to be the end of June. The arrangements for after my departure will be put in place following next month's County Council elections. After a wonderful seven years I do wish my brilliant team and all who work for the residents of Worcestershire all the best in the future."

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