Local authority director of place retires

Written by: Ellie Kahn
Published on: 12 Oct 2021

Andy Millard

After 33 years of working in the public sector, the director of place at Thurrock Council has announced his retirement.

Andy Millard spent 12 years at Thurrock Council, including as head of strategic planning and delivery, head of planning and growth and, most recently, as director of place.

Millard said in a LinkedIn post: “I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of extremely talented individuals, inspiring leaders and highly skilled professionals. However, as with everything in life, all good things come to an end.”

During his time at Thurrock Council, Millard worked on the regeneration of Purfleet town centre, which is set to deliver 2,850 homes, a new town centre, railway station and film studios, and the council’s application to develop 2,500 homes at Lakeside Basin.

Last year, he spoke to Planning about his director of place role at the council, which the government’s planning white paper had proposed could be rolled out to all local authorities.

Before Thurrock Council, Millard worked at Brentwood Borough Council as a chief planning officer.