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New heads decided for shared St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District councils

Ian Gallin MHEP-23-04-12 HW 010

Ian Gallin MHEP-23-04-12 HW 010

The team of senior managers that will be shared between St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District councils has been announced.

The team of senior managers that will be shared between St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District councils has been announced.

The shared posts have been created following the appointment of Ian Gallin as joint chief executive for both councils in April, and part of his remit was to streamline the councils and save cash by cutting top level management posts.

Andrea Mayley will head economic development, Simon Phelan housing, Karen Points human resources and organisational development, Joy Bowes legel and democratic services and Neil Anthony leisure, culture and communities.

Head of planning and regulatory services will be Nicola Baker, of policy, strategy, communications and customers Davina Howes, of resources and performance Rachael Mann and of waste management and property services Mark Walsh.

Before the two councils agreed to share a management team they employed four directors and 15 heads of services (excluding the one for Anglia Revenue Partnership which delivers revenues and benefits).

This has been reduced to two directors and nine heads.

The councils expect to save £870,000 with the new structure, and have already shaved off £170,000 by sharing Mr Gallin, who earns £105,000 a year.

The councils aim to save £2.3 million by 2014/15.

Mr Gallin said: “I am delighted to welcome the new joint leadership team and look forward to working with them all.

“There are huge challenges ahead, not just financial but also the expectations that people rightly have of their council services. Our task is to support councillors to achieve the balance between what council tax payers want and what they can afford.

“Working across council boundaries in West Suffolk, cutting back on the overheads and sharing as much as we can is essential.

“There’s a lot of work ahead but this is a hugely talented team.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 15) Echo.

 

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