Loss of chief executive will leave 'a void of knowledge'

STATES chief executive Mike Brown should be congratulated for the work he has done since taking up the role 20 years ago, local politicians and business groups have said.

STATES chief executive Mike Brown should be congratulated for the work he has done since taking up the role 20 years ago, local politicians and business groups have said.

Mr Brown, pictured, who is 58, announced earlier this week that he would be stepping down and leaving the States in April 2014.

His departure will take place just six months after his deputy, Nigel Lewis, retires this October.

Former chief minister Deputy Lyndon Trott said the timing could be better, with the chief executive and his deputy leaving within months of one another.

Chamber of Commerce director Barry Cash said Mr Brown had built up a lot of knowledge and experience during his time in the States.

Institute of Directors Guernsey branch chairman Mark Palfrey said he was surprised by Mr Brown’s announcement.