Paul Vanston, head of waste resources with South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge councils, is leaving the post after six months for personal reasons.
Vanston has one of the highest profiles in the local authority waste sector following his eight years as head of Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) until February.
In his resignation letter to Mike Hill, director of environment at the two councils, Vanston said the decision was made “with a very heavy heart” and he was not leaving for another post when he departs in November.
He said there were a number of reasons, one of which was being unable to relocate his family so he could continue in ”this superb opportunity”.
“There now seems to be no prospect of a move to Cambridgeshire, and the challenges in managing long-distances between home and work have impacted very hard on family life, and on me personally.” he said.
“I’d like to emphasise my decision has nothing to do with the post itself, the fantastic challenges we’ve been taking forward this year (and will do up to my departure), nor the wonderful team of staff at Waterbeach and Cambourne.
“The service has an incredible future ahead and will, I’m sure, be among the best in the country if all the opportunities are grasped.”
He also thanks Hill for his support during the past six months.
“You epitomise the 21st century local government leader and you do so with genuine warmth and humanity. Not all colleagues, and not all councils, have cultures where that is true – it’s to the credit of South Cambridgeshire’s culture and to yourself that these words can be attached to you.”
He also thanks Hill for offering to cancel the resignation if his home circumstances changed.
Vanston, who also promotes the waste industry through his role as an RWM Ambassador, is credited with switching the emphasis of KRP to resource management and by changing the name from Kent Waste Partnership.
3/3… ultimately leadership means tackling challenges head-on. So, despite not having a job to go to, my family & principles come first.— Paul Vanston (@PaulVanston) July 27, 2016