North Lincolnshire

Senior councillor and officer shake-up at North Lincolnshire Council

Senior management positions at North Lincolnshire Council have been changed in an effort to increase responsibility of officers.

The council’s Executive Director for People and Transformation and Executive Director for Commercial will now be changed to Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive.

The role of statutory Head of Paid Service will also be designated to the Chief Executive.

It comes after changes to the council’s senior management were made in September 2016 with the replacement of four director positions with two executive director roles.

Council leader, Rob Waltham, said that the new changes will not see a salary increase and the increased responsibility of the roles will help residents in the region.

He said: “Recent changes in management structure provided more than £1 million worth of savings in a four year period. Since 2007, the council management team has reduced from 42 senior roles to eight today, at that time saving the council taxpayer nearly £2 million.

“Senior roles already attract a good salary anyway. In other authorities, lead roles such as these have attracted significant increases in salary and perks.

“Here, in North Lincolnshire, we function in a commercial way and I appreciate our senior team’s commitment to increasing their workload on the same rate of pay.”

Denise Hyde, chief executive at the council, said she was pleased with the changes.

She said: “There is a much bigger job to be done going forward and I am pleased to keep working for local people in the interests of making North Lincolnshire a better place.”

It comes after Councillor Waltham also made changes to his cabinet ahead of the coming year.

The portfolio for Adults, Health and Well-Being will be handed to Deputy Leader, Councillor Richard Hannigan, with Councillor Julie Reid becoming member for Finance and Governance.

Meanwhile, Councillor Ralph Ogg will be appointed member for Safer, Greener places, while Councillor Neil Poole becomes member for Commercial.

The new Cabinet for 2018/19 is:

  • Leader – Councillor Rob Waltham
  • Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Councillor Richard Hannigan
  • Cabinet member for Safer, Greener, Cleaner Places – Councillor Ralph Ogg
  • Cabinet member for Finance and Governance – Councillor Julie Reed
  • Cabinet member for Public Participation and Culture – Councillor Elaine Marper
  • Cabinet member for Children, Families and Leisure – Councillor David Rose
  • Cabinet member for Commercial – Councillor Neil Poole
  • Cabinet member for Business Transformation – Councillor John Davison

Councillor Waltham said that the new executive team will help deliver value for money for North Lincolnshire residents.

He said: “The new cabinet will continue to take forward the council in delivering first-rate services to North Lincolnshire residents and businesses.

“I am confident in our team and I know they will all do an excellent job in continuing to create a great place to live, work, visit and invest.

“We are one of the few councils in the country to offer free car parking and also to retain our older peoples travel pass, this area has a lot to be positive about and we look forward to continuing the good work.”

The new roles will come into affect following a full council meeting in May.