A SENIOR council officer has quit after just eight months in the role.

Paul Delbridge-Smith took up the post of assistant director for education and inclusion at Bury Council in August.

But, a council spokesman said he had made the decision to step down in order to "conclude his doctoral research and to pursue a career in national and international consultancy".

The search for his successor is already underway.

The spokesman added: “His recent personal circumstances have given him the time to reflect and reconsider his priorities.

“During his time at Bury Council, he has enjoyed working with a wide range of stakeholders including school leaders, governors and elected members. He wishes everyone in the council well, and likewise we wish him success in his future endeavours.

“We have started the process of recruiting a new assistant director, and aim to complete this by the start of the new school year in September. In the meantime, we will appoint an experienced interim AD as soon as possible to fill the role between now and when a permanent appointment is made.”

Meanwhile, the council's finance chief, Steve Kenyon, is also set to leave after 30 years in order to "explore new opportunities".

Paying tribute to Mr Kenyon at a council meeting earlier this month, Bury Council leader Rishi Shori said: "I think all councillors who have worked with Steve over the years will know that he has brought a meticulous nature and a level of integrity to the post of section 151 officer and latterly interim executive director for resources in the most challenging time."

"I am sure we wish him all the best for the future, he has done a sterling job."