Published: Tuesday, 21st Jun 2022

Tony Oakman, Chief Executive of Bolton Council, yesterday (20 June) announced he will retire in October 2022, stepping down from the post he has held since 2018.

He has worked in local government and the NHS for over 35 years and started out as a Qualified Social Worker in Nottinghamshire.

He came to Bolton in 2018 as Chief Executive following a rigorous recruitment campaign.

Amongst a range of things, he has helped to change the strategic running of the council, achieve financial balance during some of the most financially challenging times and overseen a range of positive inspection and regulatory processes.

He also led the Bolton through the local resilience work during the COVID-19 pandemic whilst continuing to drive the ambition to modernise the council and deliver its ambitious plans in the context of a changing local political context.

He said: “From the day I was appointed it has been an absolute honour and privilege to undertake this fantastic role.

“We have worked through some amazing and some very challenging times and l have enjoyed every moment.

“Unfortunately, I was not well in November last year, which led me to being hospitalised.

“Considering this serious health incident and after a lot of discussion with my wife and family, I reluctantly concluded it was the right time to retire.

“It has been an immense source of pride to serve the wonderful people of Bolton over the last 5 years.”

Council Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox said: "Tony is highly respected in Bolton as an innovative, determined and effective Chief Executive.

“As a Chief he has acted with integrity and transparency, and has commanded respect from Councillors, colleagues, and partners.

“I know everyone who has worked with him will wish him and his family all the best in his retirement.”

The council will now begin the process to recruit a new chief executive.