Greater Birmingham’s business community has today (20/02) praised the work of Mark Rogers, who is to leave Birmingham City Council after three years as chief executive.

He moved to Birmingham in 2014 after seven years as chief executive and director of children’s services at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

His tenure has coincided with a challenging time for England’s largest council, which began with the so-called Trojan Horse crisis in education and included the Kerslake Report into the council’s governance.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “Mark has been a pleasure to work with and he was both approachable and supportive of business and the Chamber.

“And he gave that support in a practical way by attending Chamber events to strengthen the links between the Council and the business community and we were recently pleased to welcome him to an Asian Business Chamber of Commerce event.

“We l wish him all the best for the future and look forward to developing a similar relationship with his successor.”

Mr Rogers confirmed he was leaving in a statement released on Sunday (19/02).

He said: “Birmingham City Council has been a challenging journey of improvement and reform over the past three years and I am hugely proud of the team I have worked with to deliver much-needed changes in culture, practice and performance.

“I leave the Council in a much stronger position than when I joined it and, with the proposed budget and transformational plans set out for the next two years, now is a good time to pass on the baton.”

Councillor John Clancy, leader of the Council, added: “I’d like to thank Mark for his hard work and commitment over the past three years during what has been the most difficult and challenging of times for Birmingham City Council. I wish Mark all the very best for the future.”