Tributes have been paid to St Helens Council’s chief executive, who has announced she is to retire.
Carole Hudson, 59, will step down from the role she has held for the past 23 years in March next year.
During her time in the authority’s top job, she was responsible for securing millions of pounds in Government and European funding for many of the major projects which have transformed the borough over recent years.
The M62 Link Road, St Helens College’s new technology campus, Langtree Park, Central Station’s redevelopment and the new schools programme, are just some of the scheme in which Mrs Hudson has played a key role.
She has also played a lead role in both the North West region and in the Liverpool City Region and in 2007 was awarded the CBE for her work in Local Government in the North West and St Helens.
She is currently Secretary to the North West Leader’s Board, chaired by Sir Richard Leese.
Mrs Hudson said: “It has been a great privilege to have served the people of St Helens. I have worked with so many excellent officers, councillors and partner organisations over the years and all of them are trying to do their best for the people of St Helens.
“The work of the local churches and voluntary sector in St Helens is something the borough should be proud of. So many local people give their time selflessly as volunteers in community groups and provide valued support as carers.”
Kath Boullen, chief executive of St Helens Chamber, was among those paying tribute.
She said: “The Chamber would like to thank Carole for her support to business in St Helens over a long period of time and in particular, for her work in promoting apprenticeships and graduate positions, to give young people work opportunities.”