- By ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn
Popular, passionate and committed but Stuart Wilkie is not wanted in the leadership role that arguably saved Port Talbot.
The self-confessed "steel man", the Managing Director of Tata's Uk Strip Products Business, has been seen clearing his desk at the troubled South Wales works and sources have told ITV news that he won't be returning. It's thought he is looking for a new job.
Wilkie was key to devising the steelworks survival plan known as the Turnaround or "Bridge" which has been integral in ensuring job security for thousands of steel workers.
Tata were supportive then but having called off the sales process and sold a new plan to the workforce his services were deemed to be surplus to requirements.
Stuart Wilkie gave his first broadcast interview to ITV News at the height of Port Talbot's troubles he spoke of "hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk".
That has been avoided with economic circumstances such as rising steel prices and a falling pound, working in favour of the UK Steel industry but the threat is still real.
Stuart Wilkie declined to comment.
A spokesman for Tata Steel said: