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.
Carol said: “During more than four years in the Chief Executive role at Stirling Council, I have had the pleasure of working closely with many communities, partners and elected members.
“My philosophy has always been to keep learning throughout life and career and there is no doubt, I have learned more in this role than I could have imagined.
“The unparalleled experiences of keeping on top of the day job during a global pandemic, ferocious storm weather and inflationary pressures, as well as the inspiration of being at the helm of an incredibly dedicated workforce throughout, are teachings I will take with me in to the next stage of my career.
“I’m of an age where I have the time and passion for another large challenge and I am excited to say, I have decided now is the time to seek out a new future and different experiences.”
Determination and skill
Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Chris Kane said: “Carol has led the organisation in a period of great turmoil and has done so admirably with determination and skill. She has been instrumental in protecting vital council services in the face of funding cuts and structural changes to local government.
“In particular I want to commend Carol for her dedication to council staff and Stirling’s citizens throughout the pandemic, prioritising their safety and wellbeing at all times.
“We have been lucky to have Carol in Stirling and she will leave with my thanks for a job well done. Carol is an excellent leader and I look forward to seeing where her talents will take her next.”
A thorough recruitment process will get underway immediately, with Carol remaining in post until a successor is appointed. This process will be completed in the first half of 2023.