1 November 2019

Finance director to move to Whitehall

David Kuenssberg, Executive Director for Finance & Resources will be leaving the council in January to take up a new position as Corporate Finance Director for the Home Office.

Dave will continue in post until his move to Whitehall. After a discussion with Dave’s management team, interim arrangements will be made while a new director is sought.  Recruitment for a new director will begin shortly.

Geoff Raw, Chief Executive said: “Dave has been a highly respected member of the Executive Leadership Team, and will be missed by staff and councillors. I want to thank Dave for his years of work with our council, including helping to deliver three balanced budgets during the most challenging time for local government.

“He’ll be a hard act to follow, and all of us in ELT wish him the best in his new job.”

Dave Kuenssberg said: “After nearly four years with Brighton & Hove City Council, it’s time to say goodbye. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the council, and am grateful to all staff and councillors for that.

“There are some difficult, but exciting challenges facing the country, and I hope to help meet these through my new role with the Home Office.

“In my last few months with the council I’ll be working to help deliver the 2020/2021 budget, and continuing to embed Our People Promise, the employer offer to staff.

“I’ll be sad to leave the council, but I’m not leaving the city. I know that with such talented staff, dedicated to Brighton & Hove, my home town will be in safe hands.”

Cllr Nancy Platts, leader of the council, said: “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Dave. He brought with him an honesty and integrity that I really valued, as well as great skill and attention to detail.

“Dave has taken so much care to deliver what councillors have asked of him, all with good grace and humour, even in the most challenging times.

“I am very sorry to be losing him from the council. I wish him every success in his new job at the Home Office.”