Now you see it, now you don’t: Elvery dumps David Brent look

Separated at birth - Brent and Elvery

We may never be able to use this piece of artwork again – unless the council’s £180,000 a year chief executive decides to do something for chari-dee in Movember.

The beard’s gone.

Nathan Elvery, who was appointed to the role of Croydon Council CEO without the job ever being advertised, appeared at the Town Hall for the first cabinet meeting since the summer break, and his David Brent goatee, so lovingly crafted previously, had gone!

Inside Croydon would like to take the credit for Elvery’s reacquaintance with a razor, but we cannot. Unlike the Albania of Enver Hoxha, we don’t have a problem with beards, per se. It’s just when the people who sport them really do behave in a Brent-like manner, with their management by Powerpoint style, that they become the gift that keeps on giving.

No, we think what may have been the final straw that sent Elvery scurrying off to the Gillette shelves of Boot’s in the Whitgift Centre were the remarks of Councillor Sean Fitzsimons, as the chairman of the council’s scrutiny committee, last week, when he decried a council official’s report by saying, “David Brent could have done better than that.”

Sometimes, the parody sticks. Ask “wee” David Steel.

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1 Response to Now you see it, now you don’t: Elvery dumps David Brent look

  1. arnorab says:

    Oh, vanity. But the David Brent bit comes from Inside, not the trimmings, and it will always be there. Just shaving off a few whiskers will not change the fundamental personality which will be forever DB!

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