Carol Beattie to remain as Chief Executive of Stirling Council

An Appointments Panel of senior Stirling Councillors met today (30 Jan) to consider a request from Carol Beattie to withdraw her resignation and remain in post as Chief Executive of Stirling Council.

Stirling Council Chief Executive Carol Beattie has withdrawn her resignation and will remain in post.
Stirling Council Chief Executive Carol Beattie has withdrawn her resignation and will remain in post.

The panel unanimously agreed to the request and cancelled the recruitment process with immediate effect. 

Passion for Stirling

Stirling Council Leader Cllr Chris Kane said: “Carol approached the panel with a view to remaining in post and in our conversations, it was abundantly clear that she still has a passion for Stirling and a grasp of the challenges and opportunities we face.

"Carol’s leadership skills and her track record in recent years protecting vital council services in the face of budget cuts and pandemic pressures have been invaluable and the panel were unanimous in their support of Carol remaining in post. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Carol in the years ahead."

Great opportunities to grasp

Carol Beattie said: “After a period of reflection, it is clear to me that the challenge I am looking for remains in Stirling.

“We have huge budget challenges to face but also great opportunities to grasp, such as realising the potential of our City Region Deal or capitalising on the momentum of our recent City of Culture bid.

“I’m both grateful for, and looking forward to, the opportunity to continue working closely with the remarkable workforce of the council, Stirling’s communities, elected members and partner organisations.”

Carol joined the organisation in 2014 as Senior Manager for Economic Development before becoming Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise; Deputy Chief Executive and then Chief Executive in 2018. 

Carol has played a key role in many aspiring initiatives for Stirling including the City Region Deal, the creation of a digital agenda in partnership with Codebase, a growing social housing build programme and new active travel routes around the city.

Within the organisation Carol has led a programme of investment in digital technologies and transformation of internal practices to help the organisation continue to deliver vital local services in the face of many external pressures.