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No district staff make exec list for new Bucks council

Appointments have been announced for the new Buckinghamshire Council.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:46am 24th October 2019. 5-minute read.

No district staff make exec list for new Bucks council

None of the new executive team for Buckinghamshire's new council come from the districts.

Roles have been announced this week, but those taken on either come from the existing County Council or elsewhere.

Reporting directly to the new Unitary Council’s Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin will be six Corporate Directors, who have been appointed following 'a nationwide search and rigorous selection process'.

However, none have worked for Aylesbury Vale, Wycombe, Chiltern or South Bucks District councils.

That's despite this change being seen as a coming together of all five authorities.

Talking about the new appointments, Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin said:

“I am delighted to announce that we have recruited a really strong senior team for the new Buckinghamshire Council. Their combination of skills and experience will put our new organisation in the best possible position as we go live in April 2020 and for the future.

"This is the start of our journey as we work together to improve how we deliver our services and make the very best of the opportunities that the new Unitary Council provides.

"Congratulations to all of those appointed; I look forward to working with each Corporate Director. I am excited for our future in making Buckinghamshire a great place to live, work, raise a family and do business.”

The new Council’s Corporate Management Team

Bucks / Buckinghamshire Council
The new Buckinghamshire Council logo revealed this week

Sarah Ashmead – Deputy Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Council

Sarah is currently the Director of Resources and Assistant Chief Executive at Buckinghamshire County Council.

Sarah said:

“I’ve been privileged to be part of the team working on setting up the new council, so am thrilled to be able to continue to contribute to its success.

"It is not often that you get the opportunity to form a brand new organisation so I’m excited by the possibilities ahead of us and the clear vision that we share for the future to meet the needs of residents and communities.”

Richard Barker – Corporate Director for Communities

Richard has most recently worked as the Corporate Director of Communities at the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Richard said:

“This is a genuinely unique opportunity in local government and I am thrilled to have been offered the role. I’m really looking forward to working with members, officers and partners across the county in helping shape and deliver the new Unitary authority, during what is an extremely exciting time for Buckinghamshire.”

Joe O’Sullivan – Corporate Director for Resources

Joe, a former Senior Officer in the Armed Forces, has most recently worked for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police as their Transformation Director.

Joe said:

“I am very pleased to be appointed, and I am looking forward to working with all of the committed, professional staff in the current four District Councils and the County Council to bring in the new Unitary authority for Buckinghamshire next year. I know we can deliver a great service for all our residents and partners.”

Gill Quinton – Corporate Director for Adult Services and Health

Gill is currently Executive Director for Communities Health and Social Care at Buckinghamshire County Council.

Gill said:

“Having headed up Communities, Health and Social Care at the County Council previously, I know the incredible challenges ahead of us.

"I am confident that our new Council, my Corporate Management Team colleagues and our experienced officers will together enable us to improve services, work together better and create ways to deliver the best outcomes for all.”

Ian Thompson – Corporate Director Planning, Growth and Sustainability

Ian is currently Corporate Director Regeneration and Economic Development / Regeneration and Local Services at Durham County Council.

Ian said:

“I am looking forward to joining the team of dedicated officers and elected members. Together I know that, working with partners, we will deliver the great services that the residents, communities and businesses of Buckinghamshire deserve through the new Council.”

Tolis Vouyioukas – Corporate Director Children’s Services

Tolis is currently Executive Director Children’s Services for Buckinghamshire County Council.

Tolis said:

“I’m excited to be able to continue delivering the progress that we have been making on improving the services that the children and young people of Buckinghamshire need and deserve.

"We are determined to continue to improve outcomes for them and I am looking forward to the opportunities the new Buckinghamshire Council will offer us to build upon this work.”

The brand new Council for Buckinghamshire will replace the existing County and District Councils on 1 April 2020 and provide all local council services across the County.

The thorough recruitment process was overseen by members of the Senior Appointment Sub Committee, made up of elected members from across the five current councils.

Cllr Martin Tett, Leader of the Shadow Executive, said:

“The members of the new council’s Corporate Management Team were appointed after a rigorous search and selection process, which was open to candidates from both within all the existing councils and outside.

"The roles attracted a very strong field of internal and external candidates, and we put them through a challenging round of recruitment activities.

"Members of the recruitment panel comprised councillors from both county and district councils as well as a representative from the opposition parties.

"As with any recruitment process, the focus throughout was on identifying the right person for each of each of these crucially important roles, to ensure the success of the new Buckinghamshire Council.”    


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