Council deputy leader packs in his day job

Tim Swift
Tim Swift

THE council’s deputy leader has resigned from his management job with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Tim Swift was chief executive and worked for the organisation for nearly 18 years.

He has been juggling that role with being deputy leader of Calderdale Council and leader of the Labour group.

Councillor Swift, who has served as deputy leader since 2010, said his council duties had become increasingly time consuming and it was an appropriate time to quit.

“It is time to do something different,” he said.

“But for the next few months I will be focusing on council activities and in the longer-term speaking about other opportunities.”

He said he had enjoyed his time leading Age UK, which has grown into a major provider of care services across Calderdale and Kirklees, employing 150 staff and turning over £2 million annually. When he joined the charity in 1994, it was based in Ward’s End, Halifax. Its headquarters are now at Park Road, Halifax. In 2008, what was then Age Concern Calderdale took over responsibilities for Age Concern services in Kirklees and more recently the organisation has been rebranded as Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

“It has been a fascinating job and there have been enormous changes,” said Coun Swift (Town).

“It has been an honour to work with some great people and to have had the chance to serve older people.

“I am sure the organisation will continue to be the most important provider of help and support to older people in the local voluntary sector.”

Chairwoman of the trustees Sue Ellis said: “The board and Tim have agreed this is the right time for him to move on.

“We would like to thank him for the service he has given to the organisation.”

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees has now appointed Richard Hopkin as chief executive for an interim period of approximately six months to help the organisation review its priorities for the future.

He has been acting as finance director since October and will now combine the two roles.