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Driving force behind council collaboration to leave his post

One of the driving forces behind local government collaboration in Gloucestershire is standing down from his role as managing director of Publica.

David Neudegg will leave his role at the end of 2019, after two years as managing director of Publica - the company joint owned by Cheltenham Borough, Cotswold, Forest-of-Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils.

David Neudegg

He was appointed as chief executive of West Oxfordshire District Council in January 2007 and took on dual responsibility for Cotswold District Council in September 2008.

In 2014 he proposed the formation of the 2020 partnership comprising the other two districts and this entity evolved into becoming Publica, with Neudegg being appointed as MD in 2017.

Mr Neudegg said: "I have spent 37 years in local government with one objective at the forefront of my thinking; to make local government services work as well as they can for the benefit of customers and residents.

"I'm very proud of our achievements in my time serving the partnership but now that Publica is established and all the expected financial and other benefits of the business case have been delivered, I feel it is an appropriate time to pass the baton to someone new.

"I hope to stay connected to the company in a part-time capacity and will be exploring new opportunities to contribute to the local government sector."

Publica is a council-owned employment company which delivers shared services between the four councils.

It also provides services to the Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Borough Homes and environmental services local authority company UBICO.

This partnership approach has sought to protect and improve service delivery and save taxpayers money during a period of austerity for local government.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the four councils in the partnership said: "We owe a great debt of gratitude to the contribution that David and his staff have delivered for our residents over the last 12 years.

"He has always provided us with excellent advice and support and is held in high regard by our councillors."

Dave Brooks, Chairman of Publica, added: "It has been a pleasure to work with David over the last two years.

"His enthusiasm and ambition for the company are infectious and inspire our dedicated staff to deliver better services to residents on behalf of our partner councils and clients.

"His inspiration will be sorely missed and his moving on will open up a highly sought-after vacancy to continue that work, realise the potential of the company and build on his legacy."

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