Councillors hail Tony Reeves's legacy - but some have concerns about timing of chief executive's Bradford Council departure

Chief Executive Tony Reeves

Chief Executive Tony Reeves

First published in News
Last updated

TONY Reeves is resigning as chief executive at Bradford Council after eight years in the post.

He is to quit his City Hall role to become a partner in professional services network Deloitte's public sector advisory practice from January next year.

Announcing his resignation, Mr Reeves said: "My eight years of working in Bradford have been stimulating, challenging and extremely enjoyable.

“Working for Bradford Council isn’t about individual people however, it’s about this great and very special place and all the people who live and work here."

Mr Reeves said he would continue to work hard during his six-month notice period and that once he was gone, the Council and its partners would make sure the district's regeneration "continues at pace".

He said: "The hard work and increasing confidence of businesses, local people and organisations in Bradford is shaping a shared, bright future, making our city and district a better place for everyone - now and for generations to come.”

Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see.

He said: "When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education - some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see."

Conservative leader, Councillor Glen Miller, said: "I wish Tony well in the future with his appointment to Deloitte's and I'm sure he will continue to raise the profile of this excellent district."

And the Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, said Mr Reeves' achievements included using Government money creatively to boost Bradford's regeneration and getting a "financial grip" on the authority.

But she was concerned by the timing of Mr Reeves' departure.

She said: "I understand Tony feels he's ready for another challenge, and he's been made an offer by Deloitte's that he feels is too good to be true.

"My concern is that it feels a little premature, because he did give a ten-year commitment."

But Cllr Green said: "I'm not aware that Tony Reeves ever made a ten-year commitment to Bradford, or that Bradford ever made a ten-year commitment to Tony Reeves.

"I think that's petty and nit-picking."

Meanwhile Respect MP for Bradford West George Galloway said Mr Reeves should leave immediately and not work his notice due to a possible conflict of interest with his new role.

Mr Galloway said: "My views on Tony Reeves and his abilities are well known so I can't pretend I am sorry he has resigned. But what he cannot be allowed to do is to work for the council through until January. He has to clear his desk today. He is going to work for an organisation, Deloitte, which is the very antithesis of public service and which is a by-word for cost-cutting, job-slashing and privatisations.

"With his intimate knowledge of the council, and his contacts with other councils and officials, it would be unnatural while seeing out his time if he didn't ponder just what benefits to his next employer he could bring from that knowledge. To be fair to him there cannot be any suggestion of insider dealing so it is best that he goes now."

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

collos25 says...

What legacy he has creamed hundreds of thousands out of this city and when he is about to be found out he resigns.He has cost the tax payers dearly and given very little in return -he should be in court not starting
another job.
What legacy he has creamed hundreds of thousands out of this city and when he is about to be found out he resigns.He has cost the tax payers dearly and given very little in return -he should be in court not starting another job. collos25
  • Score: 27

11:02am Wed 16 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see.
yeah shi-te!!
Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see. yeah shi-te!! tinytoonster
  • Score: 26

11:36am Wed 16 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see.

He said: "When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education - some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see

Is the above a joke?

City Park, £25m that isn't even built to it's original plans, scaled down and over ran. The courts are still there and so is a half knocked down police station.

Westfield should have been finished 8 years ago, it's might be in progress but it's still not built now. If Mayer Bergman had not provided the money it would still be a hole. All praise with regards to it's construction goes to them, no one else.

Health and Welbeing? the stats don't look good.

Education, haven't 2 boards of governers been thrown out due to 'trojan horse' investigations of extremism in schools and aren't Bradford 140 out of about 160 in the league tables.

The Odeon, was a deralict waste when Reeves took over, it still is.

Thats the legacy, not the rubbish Green and Co see. No wonder the place is such a whole if those who are running it are blind to the problems, and if anything think they are success stories rather than problems.
Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see. He said: "When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education - some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see Is the above a joke? City Park, £25m that isn't even built to it's original plans, scaled down and over ran. The courts are still there and so is a half knocked down police station. Westfield should have been finished 8 years ago, it's might be in progress but it's still not built now. If Mayer Bergman had not provided the money it would still be a hole. All praise with regards to it's construction goes to them, no one else. Health and Welbeing? the stats don't look good. Education, haven't 2 boards of governers been thrown out due to 'trojan horse' investigations of extremism in schools and aren't Bradford 140 out of about 160 in the league tables. The Odeon, was a deralict waste when Reeves took over, it still is. Thats the legacy, not the rubbish Green and Co see. No wonder the place is such a whole if those who are running it are blind to the problems, and if anything think they are success stories rather than problems. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 26

12:11pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see.

He said: "When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education - some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see

Is the above a joke?

City Park, £25m that isn't even built to it's original plans, scaled down and over ran. The courts are still there and so is a half knocked down police station.

Westfield should have been finished 8 years ago, it's might be in progress but it's still not built now. If Mayer Bergman had not provided the money it would still be a hole. All praise with regards to it's construction goes to them, no one else.

Health and Welbeing? the stats don't look good.

Education, haven't 2 boards of governers been thrown out due to 'trojan horse' investigations of extremism in schools and aren't Bradford 140 out of about 160 in the league tables.

The Odeon, was a deralict waste when Reeves took over, it still is.

Thats the legacy, not the rubbish Green and Co see. No wonder the place is such a whole if those who are running it are blind to the problems, and if anything think they are success stories rather than problems.
We're singing from the same book regarding Meyer Bergman re the other Reeves thread.
Walk around city park and give eye contact with the drunks swigging from tins, go on dare ya, ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Council leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), said Mr Reeves' legacy to Bradford was plain to see. He said: "When you walk around the city, looking at City Park, Westfield, at the work that has started at Canal Road, at the work we have done to bring health and social care together through the Health and Wellbeing Board, education - some of the fruits of his labour are there for all to see Is the above a joke? City Park, £25m that isn't even built to it's original plans, scaled down and over ran. The courts are still there and so is a half knocked down police station. Westfield should have been finished 8 years ago, it's might be in progress but it's still not built now. If Mayer Bergman had not provided the money it would still be a hole. All praise with regards to it's construction goes to them, no one else. Health and Welbeing? the stats don't look good. Education, haven't 2 boards of governers been thrown out due to 'trojan horse' investigations of extremism in schools and aren't Bradford 140 out of about 160 in the league tables. The Odeon, was a deralict waste when Reeves took over, it still is. Thats the legacy, not the rubbish Green and Co see. No wonder the place is such a whole if those who are running it are blind to the problems, and if anything think they are success stories rather than problems.[/p][/quote]We're singing from the same book regarding Meyer Bergman re the other Reeves thread. Walk around city park and give eye contact with the drunks swigging from tins, go on dare ya, ha ha. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 13

1:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

The "Bradistan" image is still there and Reeves has helped keep that in vogue. Deserting a sinking ship.
The "Bradistan" image is still there and Reeves has helped keep that in vogue. Deserting a sinking ship. Reality50
  • Score: 13

1:18pm Wed 16 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Maybe he was in the right place at the right time but the city has had a revival under his tenure with lots of wheels put into motion, so he can't have been that bad?
Maybe he was in the right place at the right time but the city has had a revival under his tenure with lots of wheels put into motion, so he can't have been that bad? basil fawlty
  • Score: -16

2:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required???

They are either in praise or burying him, not both.
Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required??? They are either in praise or burying him, not both. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 4

2:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

collos25 says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Maybe he was in the right place at the right time but the city has had a revival under his tenure with lots of wheels put into motion, so he can't have been that bad?
What wheels square ones the mans a con man.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Maybe he was in the right place at the right time but the city has had a revival under his tenure with lots of wheels put into motion, so he can't have been that bad?[/p][/quote]What wheels square ones the mans a con man. collos25
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required???

They are either in praise or burying him, not both.
Exactly. He did such a vital and important job that we don't think we'll replace him? Council doublethink.

For the first time ever though I am in 100% agreement with Galloway;

"My views on Tony Reeves and his abilities are well known so I can't pretend I am sorry he has resigned. But what he cannot be allowed to do is to work for the council through until January. He has to clear his desk today. He is going to work for an organisation, Deloitte, which is the very antithesis of public service and which is a by-word for cost-cutting, job-slashing and privatisations.
With his intimate knowledge of the council, and his contacts with other councils and officials, it would be unnatural while seeing out his time if he didn't ponder just what benefits to his next employer he could bring from that knowledge. To be fair to him there cannot be any suggestion of insider dealing so it is best that he goes now."
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required??? They are either in praise or burying him, not both.[/p][/quote]Exactly. He did such a vital and important job that we don't think we'll replace him? Council doublethink. For the first time ever though I am in 100% agreement with Galloway; "My views on Tony Reeves and his abilities are well known so I can't pretend I am sorry he has resigned. But what he cannot be allowed to do is to work for the council through until January. He has to clear his desk today. He is going to work for an organisation, Deloitte, which is the very antithesis of public service and which is a by-word for cost-cutting, job-slashing and privatisations. With his intimate knowledge of the council, and his contacts with other councils and officials, it would be unnatural while seeing out his time if he didn't ponder just what benefits to his next employer he could bring from that knowledge. To be fair to him there cannot be any suggestion of insider dealing so it is best that he goes now." Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 8

3:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Should also add that if this was a decent paper someone might have compiled a list of Tony's achievements during his tenure, though that would probably be quite a difficult task. Probably a big ask but perhaps we could see how the City was performing before he came in an what state it is in now that he is leaving so we could actually measure the 'Reeves effect'. That way we could see what exactly his 'legacy' is.
Should also add that if this was a decent paper someone might have compiled a list of Tony's achievements during his tenure, though that would probably be quite a difficult task. Probably a big ask but perhaps we could see how the City was performing before he came in an what state it is in now that he is leaving so we could actually measure the 'Reeves effect'. That way we could see what exactly his 'legacy' is. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 9

6:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote: Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required??? They are either in praise or burying him, not both.
Exactly. He did such a vital and important job that we don't think we'll replace him? Council doublethink. For the first time ever though I am in 100% agreement with Galloway; "My views on Tony Reeves and his abilities are well known so I can't pretend I am sorry he has resigned. But what he cannot be allowed to do is to work for the council through until January. He has to clear his desk today. He is going to work for an organisation, Deloitte, which is the very antithesis of public service and which is a by-word for cost-cutting, job-slashing and privatisations. With his intimate knowledge of the council, and his contacts with other councils and officials, it would be unnatural while seeing out his time if he didn't ponder just what benefits to his next employer he could bring from that knowledge. To be fair to him there cannot be any suggestion of insider dealing so it is best that he goes now."
The salary for the CE job is high but can be justified if the right person has got the job and gets results. If the CE is a timeserver then there's no point in having him.
Back in the 80s we had a woman in charge of Bradford tourism and she put Bradford on the map as a serious tourist attraction. Bradford tourism was way ahead of Leeds at the time. She was poached by Leeds and since then Bradford seems to have fallen well behind Leeds in terms of visitor numbers.
Likewise for many years we had somebody doing a fantastic job running the Media musem but when that person left the replacments seem to be letting things drift.
Getting the rigt quality of people running these organisations is key to Bradford's recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Yet the councillors are debating whether the post is required??? They are either in praise or burying him, not both.[/p][/quote]Exactly. He did such a vital and important job that we don't think we'll replace him? Council doublethink. For the first time ever though I am in 100% agreement with Galloway; "My views on Tony Reeves and his abilities are well known so I can't pretend I am sorry he has resigned. But what he cannot be allowed to do is to work for the council through until January. He has to clear his desk today. He is going to work for an organisation, Deloitte, which is the very antithesis of public service and which is a by-word for cost-cutting, job-slashing and privatisations. With his intimate knowledge of the council, and his contacts with other councils and officials, it would be unnatural while seeing out his time if he didn't ponder just what benefits to his next employer he could bring from that knowledge. To be fair to him there cannot be any suggestion of insider dealing so it is best that he goes now."[/p][/quote]The salary for the CE job is high but can be justified if the right person has got the job and gets results. If the CE is a timeserver then there's no point in having him. Back in the 80s we had a woman in charge of Bradford tourism and she put Bradford on the map as a serious tourist attraction. Bradford tourism was way ahead of Leeds at the time. She was poached by Leeds and since then Bradford seems to have fallen well behind Leeds in terms of visitor numbers. Likewise for many years we had somebody doing a fantastic job running the Media musem but when that person left the replacments seem to be letting things drift. Getting the rigt quality of people running these organisations is key to Bradford's recovery. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Izzy Eckerslike says...

It doesn't matter what WE think about what should happen to the CEO's role. The Bradford Gravy Train will be rolling already and the next carpetbagger will soon be in place at probably an even bigger salary ("...we have to pay this to get the right calibre person you know!...") The Roll of Honour (not necessarily just CEOs) now goes back to include the Maud Marshalls, Barra MacRuaris et al of recent years.
The most important skill set for the new man - as it most surely will be - has been brilliantly demonstrated as "...stay below the parapet and remain invisible when under fire whenever the taxpayer has something to say or wants answers, but come out of hiding when you have something to boast about..." Ah! So THAT's why we've so rarely seen him!!
It doesn't matter what WE think about what should happen to the CEO's role. The Bradford Gravy Train will be rolling already and the next carpetbagger will soon be in place at probably an even bigger salary ("...we have to pay this to get the right calibre person you know!...") The Roll of Honour (not necessarily just CEOs) now goes back to include the Maud Marshalls, Barra MacRuaris et al of recent years. The most important skill set for the new man - as it most surely will be - has been brilliantly demonstrated as "...stay below the parapet and remain invisible when under fire whenever the taxpayer has something to say or wants answers, but come out of hiding when you have something to boast about..." Ah! So THAT's why we've so rarely seen him!! Izzy Eckerslike
  • Score: 6

8:28am Thu 17 Jul 14

BertSanders says...

A CEO was a popular appointment 8 years ago - no credit squeeze and a booming Labour Government. Things are different today and an appointment has to be based on current requirement. Mr Reeeves must have made a contribution. There will undoudtedly be others who could continue his work and the Council will have to make that judgement. There should be a salary saving under current conditions, as has been the case with other Council employees.
A CEO was a popular appointment 8 years ago - no credit squeeze and a booming Labour Government. Things are different today and an appointment has to be based on current requirement. Mr Reeeves must have made a contribution. There will undoudtedly be others who could continue his work and the Council will have to make that judgement. There should be a salary saving under current conditions, as has been the case with other Council employees. BertSanders
  • Score: -2

9:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

They only do damage! says...

We sold an airport, and bought a fountain!!. Galloway is spot on.
We sold an airport, and bought a fountain!!. Galloway is spot on. They only do damage!
  • Score: 2

11:42am Thu 17 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

They only do damage! wrote:
We sold an airport, and bought a fountain!!. Galloway is spot on.
Maybe Galloway will apply for the job?
[quote][p][bold]They only do damage![/bold] wrote: We sold an airport, and bought a fountain!!. Galloway is spot on.[/p][/quote]Maybe Galloway will apply for the job? Joedavid
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree