Council announces new senior management team

Cheshire East Council announced today the first wave of appointments to new senior management posts, which replace the previous structure at the top of the organisation.

In addition, the Council will be interviewing applicants for the post of Chief Executive later in April. This appointment will complete the new senior team.

The current interim Chief Executive, Kim Ryley, has indicated that he will not be applying for the position on a permanent basis for personal reasons. He will remain in his interim post until the person appointed takes up their position in several months' time.

The appointments to new senior management posts are the first stage of a much wider review of all management roles and responsibilities at the Council, as part of its plan to become a 'strategic commissioning' organisation.

The new approach is intended to ensure more effective and better value-for-money services for local residents and businesses in Cheshire East. Overall management costs will be cut by £5m a year as part of this, which the Council says will do away with the "outdated and unhelpful professional 'silos' within the organisation, which created bureaucracy, waste and delay in making the positive differences to quality of life that local people want to see".

Ten senior appointments have been made over the Easter period and one new post has been filled on an interim basis, pending external advertisement, and one is still to be filled. All the current top posts will be removed and replaced with this new slimmer structure based on bigger jobs, with several staff set to leave the Council in the near future, as their functions are handed over to others.

The new senior team at the Council is:-

  • Lorraine Butcher, Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning
  • Rachel Musson, Interim Chief Operating Officer
  • Mike Rowan, Interim Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal Services
  • Heather Grimbaldeston, Director of Public Health
  • Tony Crane, Director of Children's Services
  • Brenda Smith, Director of Adult Social Care and Independent Living
  • Caroline Simpson, Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity
  • Nigel Moorhouse, Head of Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Kevin Melling, Head of Environment Protection and Enhancement
  • Peter Hartwell, Head of Public Protection and Enforcement
  • Vivienne Quayle, Head of Commercial Strategy, Business Innovation and Performance
  • Paul Bradshaw, Head of Organisational Development
  • Brian Reed, Head of Democratic Services and Governance

The Council will now press on to redesign and make appointments to the next group of 30 management posts, to ensure the first phase of the review covering the most senior posts in the Council will be finished by around the end of April. The full process for all managers will be completed by September.

The Council says any delay in this timetable would reduce the level of savings achieved from the changes and slow down the wider programme of improvements the Council will start to put in place this year.

Leader of the Council Councillor Michael Jones said: "We are an aspirational Council and we want to be the best. Building a strong management team to support my ambitions and those of my Cabinet, to make Cheshire East an even better place to live and work, is essential.

"We must move on quickly, as there is much to be done. We have a huge planned programme of service change and improvement agreed as part of our new 3-Year Plan. But we must now start putting this in place quickly, so that local people and businesses can see the benefits of having an effective Council in these difficult times.

"I would have welcomed an application from Kim Ryley to stay on as our Chief Executive. I have no doubt he would have been an outstanding candidate. He has brought a depth of experience to his interim role with us and has set a high bar for our next Chief Executive. We are confident that we will be able to make a strong appointment later this month."

Interim Chief Executive Kim Ryley explained: "This process of new appointments has helped us identify our most talented staff, who will perform well in their new roles and have potential for further progression and promotion in future. This is the first example of our new 'Talent Management' approach, which will be extended over time to all Council staff.

"We will provide tailored support to the newly appointed senior managers, so that they can take up their bigger roles quickly and confidently. At the same time, as a good employer, we will offer support also to those colleagues who will be displaced by the appointment process."

Cheshire East Council, Cllr Michael Jones, Kim Ryley


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Peter Doff
Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 8:35 am
Yes Maybe some of the misunderstandings could be avoided if
they would use plain english rather than public authority gibberish /
management speak.' displaced by the appointment process ' er sacked.
Elaine Napier
Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 11:41 am
Disturbing to see that all this activity and restructuring is to support Councillor Jones' ambitions and those of his Cabinet. It would have been more reassuring to see that the ambitions of taxpayers were to be the focus of what is to come.
David Clark
Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 4:00 pm
We trained hard . . . but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C
Vin Sumner
Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 9:52 pm
lot of senior people , but am sure all have important roles
Margaret Melrose
Thursday 11th April 2013 at 8:51 pm
I suppose that getting the Boss in last allows theCouncil to make these introspective sounding apointments unhindered. Whatever next?
Alan R Davies
Friday 12th April 2013 at 9:40 am
So prospective new Chief Executives will be presented with a fait accompli in terms of the structure and appointments to senior management positions. I can't imagine that will be helpful in attracting applicants of the right calibre, who I would have thought would want to put their own stamp on the organisation.
Elaine Napier
Tuesday 16th April 2013 at 6:46 pm
Does anyone know how many people have been removed to make way for those listed above. I think the Council Leader said something about reducing numbers by 25% or something. Now, we all know my arithmetic is not good, but I'm guessing that a reduction of 25% means a new figure of 75% of the original.

So does the new list of ten equate to 75%, and, therefore, a replacement for 100% or 12.5 people, ie 2.5 of the most senior staff have been 'deleted' as Mr Jones suggested?

I'm relying on Frank Keegan to mark and correct my sums for me please.
Elaine Napier
Saturday 25th May 2013 at 11:25 am
Goodness me, they're starting to tumble already. Cllr Brian Sylvester reports that the (very) newly appointed Interim Borough Solicitor, Mike Rowan, has gone. Does anyone know if he was pushed or simply ran away screaming?