Statement from Martin Kimber

Published Monday, 8th September 2014
Chief Executive
Martin Kimber

Martin Kimber is to step down as Chief Executive of Rotherham Borough Council.

Mr Kimber, who joined RMBC in 2009, has agreed with the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Lakin, that he will leave the Authority at the end of December.

An independent inquiry into historic cases of child sexual exploitation – written by Professor Alexis Jay – was presented to the Council’s Cabinet last week (September 3). In her report, Professor Jay highlighted serious historic failings by agencies in the town involved in protecting children and young people.

At the Cabinet meeting, Mr Kimber apologised unreservedly for those failings to the children, young people and their families whose lives had been affected. He also reported how the significant improvements also outlined in the report would be continued in the future, and how the Council should move to swiftly implement all the report’s recommendations.

Said Mr Kimber: "The report does not make comfortable reading in its account of the horrific experiences of some young people in the past, and I would like to reiterate my sincere apology to those who were let down when they needed help.

"The events of the past fortnight will again have been an incredibly traumatic time for them and their families, and have shaken the town as a whole.

"The Council has now decided what it must do to give the best possible protection for the children and young people of Rotherham. I believe that new leadership will enable the town to recover more quickly from the events of the last two weeks, and strongly signal a new beginning at this critical time in its recovery. The time is therefore now right for me to leave.

"I will be sorry to leave Rotherham but firmly believe that this will leave the Council in a stronger position in the future. It is therefore the right thing to do in the interests of the people of the town.

"I remain committed to supporting colleagues over the next three months. There is no more important job for this Council than to ensure it continues to work with partners to seek justice for those young people and their families who are affected by this vile crime, and to give our vulnerable children and young people the protection they deserve."