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West Lindsey District Council votes to get rid of chief executive role

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West Lindsey district councillors have voted to remove the role of chief executive and create a new management structure at the authority.

The council has been without a chief executive since Manjeet Gill stepped down from the position in the summer of 2017, after seven years at the helm.

West Lindsey District Council chief executive Manjeet Gill

Councillors voted to appoint three executive directors to lead the council at a meeting on Monday, January 22.

Mark Sturgess, who was been appointed executive director of operations, now holds the post of head of paid service.

Ian Knowles has been appointed to the position of executive director of resources, and holds the statutory role of section 151 officer, making him responsible for the authority’s financial affairs.

Eve Fawcett-Moralee, executive director of economic and commercial growth, will lead the delivery of the council’s growth agenda.

West Lindsey District Council has said that this move will save the authority money.

Councillor Jeff Summers, Leader of West Lindsey District Council

Council leader Jeff Summers said: “The council is adopting a progressive approach to the way it works and our leadership team has led us to become an ‘Enabling Council’. Our partnerships are key to our success.

“It is a very exciting time for West Lindsey and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve together.”