Top role scrapped at Wiltshire Council will save £225,000

Top role scrapped at Wiltshire Council will save £225,000

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:38am 10th June 2020. (Updated at 5:35pm 10th June 2020)

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It's the SECOND restructure there this year and is being taken to support the Covid-19 recovery and 'deliver ongoing savings.'

Cabinet members approved steps yesterday (8th June) to make a change to the tier one senior leadership structure of the council.

Instead of two Chief Executive Officers that will be cut to just one.

The current structure is relatively new, it only came into place in January this year.

Terence Herbert was appointed as Chief Executive Officer People, and Alistair Cunningham as Chief Executive Officer Place. 

Wiltshire Council say it had been working "effectively" particularly in the response to Covid-19.

But council bosses say the impact of the pandemic and the authority's finances mean "existing strategies and priorities will need to be refocused."

Last month Wiltshire Council warned the impact of Covid-19 would leave a shortfall of between £18.8m and £51.5m.

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Wiltshire Council offices at Salisbury's Bourne Hill.


The council stress the Chief Executive Officers themselves identified the need to move to one Chief Executive to provide a focal point of office leadership at the top of the organisation to lead the Covid-19 recovery.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, has paid tribute to the 'exemplary and strong leadership' shown by Mr Herbert and Mr Cunningham but says change is needed.

"However, in my discussions with the Chief Executive Officers they have outlined that despite the success of our response to COVID-19, it has highlighted duplication of work as they sought to make joint decisions on areas of work, and in their collaboration with partners.

"In addition the response has had a significant impact on the council’s financial position and this, together with the impact on our communities and our economy, will mean challenges that require us to evolve and change to meet them.

"This proposal was made after discussion with the current Chief Executive Officers, who suggested that the current tier one structure and roles need to change to a single Chief Executive to work with myself and cabinet as the council focuses on its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and I agreed."

It's not yet known who will take on the role.

This will be confirmed after 16th June following a period of formal consultation with the Chief Executive Officers.




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