Following Chris Fox’s decision, announced today, to stand down as Chief Executive at the end of November, Nick Clegg and Tim Farron have praised the transformation he has brought to the party organisation.
Chris Fox took over the role of Chief Executive in July 2009. During his time in the role he has led on strategy and the air war and headed up the executive team during the General Election. Since then he has focused on modernising the party which culminated in a move to new high tech headquarters in the heart of Whitehall a week ago.
Chris Fox said:
It has been an enormous privilege and pleasure to serve the party as Chief Executive since July 2009 and as Director of Policy and Communications prior to that.
Stepping down from this role is one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but on a personal level I feel that now is the right time to move on.
There is no good time for changes like this, but one thing is clear: we need whoever is in place as Chief Executive at the beginning of 2012 to be in the job until 2015 at least – through to the next General Election and beyond.
Nick Clegg praised Chris Fox for bringing the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in the party’s history.
Chris has led the party machine through a General Election, our transition to government and through some major organisational and financial challenges. His achievements cannot be overstated and I am personally very grateful to him for his fantastic service to the party.
Chris has been a good friend and a major figure in the party for many years and I know that he will be sorely missed at every level of the party.
I wish Chris all the best for his future and draw confidence from the knowledge that he will always be involved in the party in one capacity or another.
Tim Farron said,
During his years as Chief Executive, Chris has led a process of root and branch modernisation of the party organisation, improving systems, process, transparency and efficiency into every area of our operations.
He has restructured several key functions, including our Policy, Communications, Campaigns and Marketing teams. He has transformed party fundraising, allowing us to raise record amounts for the last election. He has championed the introduction of new election software and recruited and nurtured a very strong central team.
Chris’ other lasting legacy is a modern party organisation, working from a fit for purpose new Headquarters.
As Party President, Tim Farron, together with Chair of the Federal Finance and Administration Committee, Duncan Greenland, will now lead the process of external recruitment for the new Chief Executive. It is hoped that the new recruit will be in place before the end of the year.